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 user 2007-11-06 at 10:53:00 am Views: 45
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    escorted the eight Greenpeace activists from a remote town in the
    Brazilian Amazon on Wednesday after hundreds of loggers and townspeople
    besieged them overnight in protest against an anti-global warming
    campaign.The activists were there with legal permission by the
    government to remove a dead tree that had been burned by loggers, but
    instead, they were quickly confronted by an angry mob, and forced to
    take shelter in the nearby office of the Brazilian environmental
    protection agency (Ibama).Greenpeace intended to use the dead Brazil
    nut tree as part of a public exhibition exposing Amazon destruction and
    its contribution to global warming. Greenpeace was granted government
    permission to collect the dead tree, however, the public land itself
    has been illegally cleared and burnt by these same loggers.

    Government Sides with Loggers
    the Brazilian government gave in to the loggers, and revoked
    Greenpeace’s license to remove, transport and exhibit the valuable and
    protected Brazil nut tree, which is now in custody of the loggers in
    the local town square. Many loggers remain outside the offices where
    the Greenpeace expedition team escaped to yesterday
    afternoon.Greenpeace, in cooperation with nine other groups, two weeks
    ago launched a proposal for a national agreement to end Amazon
    deforestation at an event attended by the Brazilian Minister of
    Environment and State Governors. The proposal seeks a broad commitment
    from the Brazilian government and civil society to create measures to
    ensure urgent protection for the Amazon rainforest.

    Safety Not Guaranteed
    activists are still in danger and demands that the expedition team be
    provided with local, state and federal security, in order to be able to
    return home safely. Security is still not guaranteed for Greenpeace
    activists.Greenpeace is also urging the Brazilian government to allow
    them to take the Brazil nut tree as agreed, so that they can continue
    with their expedition and highlight the urgent need to stop
    deforestation, and combat climate change.

    Amazon Destruction must not go Unnoticed
    tree was to be part of an exhibition exposing the destruction of the
    Amazon and its contribution to climate change, since deforestation is
    responsible for three quarters of Brazil’s greenhouse gas emissions,
    and makes the country the fourth largest climate polluter in the world.