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

(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.

Brazilian soldiers inspect wood seized from a clandestine sawmill near the Jamanxim National Forest, in the Amazon state of Para.   (Getty Images)
Da Silva had been very active in the fight against illegal logging and ranching in the Amazon.   (YouTube)
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