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  • Raimundo dos Santos Rodrigues was a prominent environmental rights defender in Brazil.
  • He was well-known for his work to promote the preservation of the Amazon rainforest and the rights of the members of the communtiy. 
  • He suffered harassment and intimidation by landowners of the region and logging industries who have been trying to force the local communities out of their own lands. 
  • The human rights defender had been denouncing logging in Pindaré Valley, for which he received numerous threats.
  • Stop! or else..
  • The individuals attacked him while he was returning to his home in Bom Jardim, in the state of Maranhão, Brazil
  • He was shot and also attacked with a machete and died as a result of the injuries he sustained.
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