UK'S CHANNEL 4 FEATURES ASSASSINATIONS IN PERU'S AMAZON

The recent assassination of four community leaders in Peru’s Amazon was featured in a report by UK TV’s Channel 4 broadcast two days ago. The report focuses on Edwin Chota Valera who spent many years fighting for legal title for his community, called Alto Tamaya-Saweto, and denouncing illegal logging operations. After receiving numerous death threats, requesting protection from the Peruvian government and sometimes seeking refuge in neighbouring Brazil, he was assassinated in early September along with three Ashéninka leaders: Leoncio Quincima Meléndez, Jorge Ríos Pérez and Francisco Pinedo. Loggers are widely believed to be responsible, possibly with narco-traffickers involved too. The Channel 4 report features a visit to Alto Tamaya-Saweto near the border with Brazil, a police search for his and the others’ corpses, and interviews with members of his and Ríos Pérez’s families.

David Hill