Murder in the Amazon (Documentary): Part 1/2





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Published on May 29, 2012

In May 2011, married environmental activists Zé Cláudio Ribeiro and Maria do Espirito Santo were shot to death outside their house in the Amazonian state of Para. A month later we traveled to Zé Cláudio's hometown of Marabá, which was once in the middle of the rainforest and is now surrounded by miles and miles of clearcut cattle land. As the investigation into Zé and Maria's murders went nowhere, we drove into the forest to the site of the killings, followed the heavily armed men of Brazil's environmental protection agency as they busted up illegal timber mills, visited the militant squatters of Brazil's Landless Movement, met modern day slaves, and marveled at the lawless, violent atmosphere that permeates the town locals call Marabála (that means Mara-bullets).

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Comments • 696

Tom Smith
This is why I never shop at Amazon.
This guy is def my fav Vice presenter. All his vids seem to be good
Carol Santos
It's a very good documentary, but as a brazilian I can tell you it commits a BIG mistake: putting a member of Sarney family as a good politician. They govern the poorest state of Brazil - Maranhão - and buy overpriced lobster with public money while people starve.
This issue should really be talked about more in the Western countries. Companies should at least let their buyers know the source of their raw material. Because right now, I won't even buy Brazillian coffee since I'm not sure about its impact on the environment. Even though it smells delicious.
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Sam Maxwell
Why is it so often that when Vice interviews someone they end up getting executed shortly thereafter? If you ever see Vice out in the world don't talk to them.
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MST is formed by bastards who invade even small private properties and act like a bunch of bullies, employing threats and violence. Believe me, you don't wanna have to deal with them in any situation. They don't want only unproductive land, they want any land. Also, they even have schools that reinforce indoctrination in far-left policies in a country with no fixed political ideology. Let's not turn them into heroes just yet..
Matheus Pires
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It's so tragic to see that the nation which led many pioneers in the realm of vomit, scat and fart porn are having to deal with such a tragedy.
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Bruno Varuzza
KKKK o maluco com o logo do PT no começo tinha que ser KKK PT ta em toda parte contaminando tudo.
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O engraçado esses gringos falam pra gente não desmata mais acabaram com a floresta dos seus Países e querem se meter no nosso. A gente que tem que fica segurando sozinho fardo de fica deixando floresta em pé pq e o pulmão do mundo a gente tem as leis mais fortes do mundo contra desmatamento. VAI TOMA NO CU SEUS HIPÓCRITAS. Por isso eu falo meus camaradas Brasileiros temos que criar ICBM para que esses tolos tiram aquela interesse de querer transformar a Amazônia em território internacional. Cobiça deles e muito grande nas nossas riquezas PRINCIPALMENTE EUA!!! (E claro que devemos preservar a Amazônia mais tira o olho gringo que isso e nosso!!!) E O MST E UMA MERDA Invade propriedades,são corruptos !!!!!!!!!!!
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