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PHOTO REPORT | Amazon indian warriors beat and strip illegal loggers in battle for jungle’s future

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A group of warriors from Brazil’s indigenous Ka’apor tribe tracked down illegal loggers in the Amazon, tied them up, stripped them and beat them with sticks.

I used to worry that all the trees in the jungle would be cut down to make paper for their reports on how to save the rainforest! ~ Nick Birch

amazon-indians-strip-tie-beat-illegal-loggersKa’apor warriors stand guard over illegal loggers they tied up during a jungle expedition to search for and expel them from the Alto Turiacu Indian territory(Lunae Parracho/Reuters)

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Ka’apor men tie up some illegal loggers and remove their pants(Lunae Parracho/Reuters)
 amazon-indians-strip-tie-beat-illegal-loggers (2)A Ka’apor warrior chases a logger who tried to escape after he was captured(Lunae Parracho/Reuters)

Photographer Lunae Parracho followed the Ka’apor warriors during their jungle expedition to search for and expel illegal loggers from the Alto Turiacu Indian territory in the Amazon basin.

Tired of what they say is a lack of sufficient government assistance in keeping loggers off their land, the Ka’apor people, who along with four other tribes are the legal inhabitants and caretakers of the territory, have sent their warriors out to expel all loggers they find and set up monitoring camps.

amazon-indians-strip-tie-beat-illegal-loggers (3)Ka’apor warriors raise their weapons as they leave the village of Waxiguy Renda to look for loggers in the Amazon(Lunae Parracho/Reuters)

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 Ka’apor warriors hike during a jungle expedition to search for loggers(Lunae Parracho/Reuters)
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Ka’apor warriors hike through the Amazon to search for and expel loggers(Lunae Parracho/Reuters)
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Ka’apor men stand over a logger they captured and tied up(Lunae Parracho/Reuters)

amazon-indians-strip-tie-beat-illegal-loggers (7)Ka’apor men use sticks to hit loggers(Lunae Parracho/Reuters)

amazon-indians-strip-tie-beat-illegal-loggers (8)A Ka’apor man uses a chainsaw to ruin one of the logs cut down by illegal loggers(Lunae Parracho/Reuters)

amazon-indians-strip-tie-beat-illegal-loggers (9)A Ka’apor man carries a chainsaw which was confiscated(Lunae Parracho/Reuters)

amazon-indians-strip-tie-beat-illegal-loggers (10)A Ka’apor man pours petrol on a logging truck in the Amazon(Lunae Parracho/Reuters)

amazon-indians-strip-tie-beat-illegal-loggers (11)A Ka’apor man prepares to set fire to a logging truck(Lunae Parracho/Reuters)

amazon-indians-strip-tie-beat-illegal-loggers (12)A logging truck burns after it was set on fire by Ka’apor warriors in the Amazon(Lunae Parracho/Reuters)

amazon-indians-strip-tie-beat-illegal-loggers (13)A logger is released after being captured and stripped(Lunae Parracho/Reuters)

Last year, the Brazilian government said that annual destruction of its Amazon rain forest jumped by 28 percent after four straight years of decline. Based on satellite images, it estimated that 5,843 square kilometres of rain forest were felled in the one-year period ending July 2013.The Amazon rain forest is considered one of the world’s most important natural defences against global warming because of its capacity to absorb huge amounts of carbon dioxide. Rain forest clearing is responsible for about 75 percent of Brazil’s emissions, as vegetation is burned and felled trees rot. Such activity releases an estimated 400 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year, making Brazil at least the sixth-biggest emitter of carbon dioxide gas.

 

Via International Business Times

 

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