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  1. Rain Forest Protector Predicted His Violent End

    Edwin Chota Valero said that for tribal defenders of the rain forests of the Peruvian Amazon, the “only law here is the law of the gun.” His enemies confirmed that on September 1, when he and three other community leaders were ambushed and murdered, their bodies lost in the forest they loved. The Ashéninka indigenous leader fought loggers and drug traffickers alike, and kinsmen said they’d continue his struggle. One forest resident, Ergilia López, vowed to “keep fighting till the end, until they kill me too.”

    National Geographic

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