Brazil: After a harsh paramilitary publicity stunt, genocide returns

Twelve months ago, troops and police drove illegal loggers out of the
Amazon in an effort to halt deforestation. A year later, the sawmills
are starting to reopen – and unemployed locals couldn’t be happier.
Twelve months on, the clampdown is a distant memory. “The city is
growing, the commerce is growing,” said Wilson Pereira, the
Pentecostal pastor. “The sawmills have started up again [and] the
people have gone back to work.”

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It cannot be understated that the extent to which the land is being
destroyed is the extent to which it’s also being unlawfully taken from
it’s rightful caretakers / unique cultures / keepers of it’s living
resilience…. It cannot be overstated the extent to which the
“development” of the Amazon is not only a violation of International
laws and treaties that speak for the the rights of sovereign peoples,
but it’s also a fundamental violation of every living individuals
right to clean air, clean water, fertile soil, fertile oceans,
educated compassionate hearts and minds striving to bring help instead
of harm into this world. And alas, consider that we’ve reached a time
in history where we’ve lost all valid argument for the continuation of
exploitation-based colonization-based boom-bust economies? Defense of
the rights of the world’s forest protection culture’s must now take
precedent! –Editor, Forest Policy Research.

“We condemn all doctrines, policies and practices based in the
superiority of a determined people or nationality, and the persons
whom perpetuate said doctrines, policies and practices through use of
rationality based on national origin and racial, religious, ethnic, or
cultural differences which are socially unjust, scientifically false,
morally condemnable, judicially invalid and otherwise racist.” From:

Deforestation accounts for almost 20% of the world’s annual carbon
emissions and activists say that Brazil is responsible for about 40%
of that. But when an industry supplies a region’s economic lifeblood,
shutting it down is not so simple. Last year’s crackdown triggered
chaos in the dusty frontier town of almost 65,000 residents where
officials claim that between 70% and 95% of local residents are
dependent on logging income. More than 2,000 protesters took to
Tailândia’s streets, blocking its main avenue with burning tyres and
tree trunks. Environmental agents fled, returning only when heavily
armed police had quelled the rioters with a hail of rubber bullets and
tear gas.

“Not even in the slums of Rio and São Paulo do they have
operations that size,” Edson Azevedo, the town’s deputy mayor,
complained. “Not even the narco-traffickers have faced what happened
here in Tailândia.” In a town that claims Brazil’s fifth highest
murder rate, the prospect of active social strife was real. Many
locals are still bitter.

“There is nothing here for me, nothing,” said Fernando da Conceição, 57, a former sawmill worker from north-eastern Brazil, who has been reduced to begging in the town’s bars and restaurants since losing his job following Operation Arc of Fire. But a year on things are slowly returning to normal. The Federal Police and the National Security Force have gone and the loggers are gradually starting up again, breathing at least some of the old life
back into the area’s economy.

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Comments (1)

janineApril 8th, 2009 at 11:52 am

the second last .. :D Nice pictures

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