Climate warning
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Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva

Climate warning

Mafia may seize control of the Brazilian Amazon.

A former senior federal police chief has warned that the rapid advance of organized crime groups in the Brazilian Amazon risks transforming the region into a vast, conflict-ridden hinterland beset by heavily armed "criminal insurgents."
Alexandre Saraiva, who worked in the Amazon from 2011 to 2021, expressed concern that the growing footprint of drug-trafficking mafias in the region could lead to a situation similar to Rio de Janeiro's decades-long drug conflict, where the police's battle with drug gangs and paramilitaries has claimed tens of thousands of lives.
Saraiva stated, "I witnessed how the state lost control of public safety in Rio de Janeiro." "And in the Amazon today – if nothing is done in terms of public security – we are facing a continent-sized Rio de Janeiro, with the aggravating factors of borders with major drug producers and an extraordinarily difficult jungle setting."
“We will have areas of conflagration, major conflict between groups fighting over illegal gold and timber extraction. Indigenous people will suffer. The police chief, who wrote Jungle: Loggers, Miners, and Corruption in a Lawless Amazon, warned that this would be logistically difficult to combat.
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The advisory preceded the first anniversary of the murders of British journalist Dom Phillips and Brazilian Indigenous specialist Bruno Pereira, whose deaths revealed widespread environmental devastation and the rising reach of organized crime gangs in the Amazon.
After their murders, the Guardian joined 15 other international news media organizations and more than 50 journalists in a Forbidden Stories-coordinated investigation into organized crime and resource extraction in the Brazilian Amazon.

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  • Joyce Waturu

    58 w

    It's impossible to believe what this could mean.It seems like the Amazon is a sweet gem for the good and the bad but I implore Lula to move swiftly and seize the Amazon from this impending danger.

    • Annett Michuki..

      58 w

      the governing body should take course before things go bad

    • winnie nguru

      58 w

      Course correction needed before things spill out of control

      • Tabitha Kimani

        58 w

        This should be dealt with now before its too late.

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