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domingo, fevereiro 27, 2005

dar a vida por um sonho e sonhar pela vida fora ...

Não sei bem como descrever o que sinto ao ler notícias como esta ...
é quase como abstracto ao ler uma notícia apreender a densidade emocional, pessoal,
humana dos factos para que remetem ... tentámos, de alguma forma, tocar este mundo
com a sensibilidade que nos agita ...
e, ao mesmo tempo, neste mesmo mundo que nos nutre de vida,
de matéria, de emoções, num outro lado do mundo, mesmo ali ao cruzar do Atlântico,
há companheiros sendo mortos pelos mesmos motivos que nos faz estar juntos ...
perder-se uma vida por idealizar um mundo diferente ...
e no meio de tudo isso estámos nós, tão distantes e tão perto ,
(pelas caudas que nos unem) ...
mais perto ou mais longe?

[The price to be an environmetalist in nowadays world ... ]

Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2005 09:56:13 +0000
From: Irina Maia

*Environmentalist who tried to stop poaching killed in Brazil*
/2/24/05

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) _ An environmentalist who tried to stop
poaching at an important nature reserve near Rio was ambushed and shot
to death, officials said Wednesday.

Dionisio Julio Ribeiro, 58, was killed with a shotgun blast to the head
late Tuesday about 200 meters (200 yards) from the entrance to the
Tingua nature reserve on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, police said.

Ribeiro's slaying comes just over a week after the killing of Dorothy
Stang, an American missionary who tried to protect the rainforest and
peasants from loggers and ranchers vying for the area's rich natural
resources.

``The crimes against environmentalists are very serious, and they keep
happening. They need a rapid response from the police and justice. There
is no longer a place in our society for hunters, or heart-of-palm
poachers,'' Edson Bedin de Azevedo, director of Brazil's IBAMA
environmental protection agency in Rio de Janeiro, told the O Globo news
agency.

Azevedo requested the aid of federal police to investigate Ribeiro's
slaying.

Cintia da Silva, who worked with Ribeiro at the Nature Defense Group,
said Ribeiro had received death threats in recent years for his work to
prevent hunting and the illegal felling of palm trees on the
26,000-hectare (64,460 acres) Atlantic forest reserve.

``He never walked alone at night because of the threats, but he was out
last night because he was returning from a community meeting, and that's
when they shot him,'' said Silva, who blamed hunters and palm poachers.

Hearts of palm are considered a delicacy here, and poachers often cut
down palm trees to remove the tender white center of the trunk,
contributing to deforestation and threatening certain tree species.

Hunting is almost completely illegal in Brazil, as is cutting down trees
on nature reserves. But the government's environmental protection agency
is poorly funded and often lacks agents to patrol the vast areas of
wilderness under their control.

Ribeiro, a retiree who had worked at Rio's Botanical Gardens, received
no money for his work at the reserve, which protects the source of the
water supply for some 4 million people around Rio.

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