December 22, 2013

not many brazilians like that...

Chico Mendes
Today is the day Chico Mendes was killed, in 1988. A trade union leader and environmentalist, Chico Mendes fought to preserve the Amazon rainforest, and advocated for the human rights of Brazilian peasants and indigenous peoples. He was assassinated by Darly Alves da Silva, a rancher, who shoot Mendes in his Xapuri home, as week after Mendes' 44th birthday, when he had predicted he would "not live until Christmas".

Mendes' murder made international headlines, and led to an outpouring of support for the rubber tappers' and environmental movements. Thanks in part to the international media attention surrounding the murder, the Chico Mendes Extractive Reserve was created in the area where he lived. More than 20 such reserves, along the same lines as Mendes had proposed, now cover more than 8 million acres (32,000 km²).

Mendes was portrayed by Raul Julia in the 1994 telemovie The Burning Season.

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