Indigenous ‘Guardians’ targeted after trying to protect their land: Part 2

Guardians of the Forest, Amazon, illegal loggers, Brazilian Guajajara tribe, Laercio Guajajara, leader, indigenous people, protect land, ambushed, ancestral land, international, abc, abcnews
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In the wake of the devastating fires last summer and the increasing deforestation in the Amazon, one small indigenous tribe has taken it upon themselves to fight the world's battle. And we are with the guardians of the forest as they transport seven men, captured for suspected illegal logging, to federal police. First, though, they must pass through the town of arame, a notorious base for illegal loggers, just outside their territory. In 2018, a tribal leader, critical of illegal logging, was found dead here. So the guardians wait for the cover of darkness before heading out. Reporter: The next morning, they arrive at federal police headquarters. Reporter: Lauricio's prediction seems to have been the next day, the prisoners are released after having been charged with illegally entering indigenous territory, a crime that legal experts tell us is rarely, if ever, prosecuted. The guardians vow to go right back to work. Meanwhile, we head back to new York City just as the united nations climate change summit is taking place, with protesters in the streets decrying Brazil's environmental policies, president bolsonaro fires back. Reporter: Not long after, the battle over one of the world's most precious ecological resources takes a tragic and violent turn when lauricio and his deputy, Paulo, are ambushed during a hunting trip. Reporter: Paulo is dead, leaving lauricio alone to walk for miles through the forest, badly wounded, until he can find help. Reporter: Despite his serious wounds, lauricio only briefly stays in the hospital out of fear of being hunted down in the city. He's moved to a safe house somewhere on indigenous land. Law enforcement visited in a sign of solidarity and promised to bring those responsible to justice. Oh, oh, oh, ozempic!

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