Amazon Rainforest Activist Gunned Down
Jose Claudio de Ribeiro da Silva predicted own murder
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted May 25, 2011 1:41 AM CDT
Updated May 25, 2011 4:15 AM CDT
Brazilian soldiers inspect wood seized from a clandestine sawmill near the Jamanxim National Forest, in the Amazon state of Para.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – A leading campaigner against illegal logging and ranching in the Amazon rainforest has been gunned down 6 months after predicting his own murder. "I will protect the forest at all costs," Jose Claudio de Ribeiro da Silva said last year. "That is why I could get a bullet in my head at any moment—because I denounce the loggers and charcoal producers." Da Silva and his wife were killed in an ambush near their home, the Guardian reports.

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May 25, 2011 10:50 AM CDT
When the rainforest is gone it will be a great place for a parking lot.
May 25, 2011 3:24 AM CDT
Mr. Jose Claudio de Ribeiro da Silva...may you rest in peace. They don't have to find these murderous scum who did it. Since it probably was the government that ordered it.