Anti-logging campaigner murdered in Peru
September 9 , 2014
Illegal loggers have been blamed for forest campaigner Edwin Chota’s murder in Peru, as per media reports.
Chota and three others were reportedly shot in front of villagers.
Chota, the leader of his community in the Amazon Ucayali region bordering Brazil, was a well-known anti-logging activist, and fought for the locals' right to their land. He had received death threats in the past, allegedly by illegal loggers operating in the area.
Julia Urrunaga, the Peru-based director of a global conservation body, said the “terribly sad” murder was a “foreseen event.”