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April 2, 2010

RIP Pedro Alcantara De Souza.

Pedro Alcantara De Souza, Amazon Activist, Murdered In Brazil.

Pedro Alcantara de Souza, a land reform activist, was murdered yesterday. Click here for AP story:

…The killing came hours after a delay in the trial of a man accused of masterminding the slaying of another rain forest activist, American nun Dorothy Stang, who was shot and killed in 2005 in notoriously violent Para state.

Watchdog groups say conflicts between powerful ranchers and poor farmers over land rights have led to 1,200 murders across Brazil in the last 20 years.

In only one of those killings — Stang’s — is the alleged mastermind now behind bars…

Or, click over to Huff Post...

…severe economic inequality persists in Brazil – and that includes land ownership. The Brazilian government’s statistics agency says nearly 50 percent of arable land belongs to just 1 percent of the population.

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