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Brazilian Landless Leader Cícero Guedes Shot Dead

HeadlineJan 29, 2013

In other news from Brazil, a leader of the country’s landless peasant movement has been killed in a targeted shooting. Cícero Guedes was shot dead in Rio de Janeiro state while bicycling to his home. He was killed not far from a sugar plant that he had helped occupy along with other landless workers this past November. Guedes’ murder is the latest in a spate of killings of Brazilian land rights activists in recent years. In a statement, the group Christian Aid said: “Cícero Guedes is one more peasant leader murdered in recent years only because he was defending the distribution of land and resources in one of the most unequal countries in the world.”

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