Murder, logging and land theft: inside a crime factory in the Amazon

There’s only one consensus among big and small in the bloody battle for land at Seringal São Domingos, south of Amazonas state: the ground is the future of the forest. Image by Avener Prado/Repórter Brasil.LÁBREA, Brazil — Residents of Lábrea – farmers large and small, descendants of the so-called rubber soldiers, and illegal loggers – have a common refrain to explain why their town, surrounded by protected forests, is one of the most violent and deforested in the Brazilian Amazon: there are no saints here.There is no official data on violence in the tri-state border region where Amazonas, Acr…

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