Para is Brazil's second-largest rainforest state and sits along the so-called arc of deforestation that encircles the Amazon and is rapidly penetrating deeper into the forest.
Pope Francis celebrated an opening Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on Sunday with global attention newly focused on the forest fires that are devouring the Amazon.
Over 70,000 fires have taken place in just Brazil this year, the consequences of which will affect humanity for generations.
Paris and the UN called for the protection of the fire-plagued Amazon rainforest as Brazil's right-wing president accused his French counterpart of having a "colonialist mentality" over the issue.
This year Brazil's environmental ministry's budget was slashed by more than 40 percent as Brazil struggles through its worst economic crisis in a century, so officials are counting on the locals to form the front line against poaching.
After domestic and international criticism, the Brazilian government revoked an August decree which authorised private companies to mine a sprawling Amazon reserve.
The victims were peasant farmers who refused to leave the lands when pressured by oil palm growers, while three policemen are killed in drug-trafficking region.
Subscribe to our Youtube channel for all latest in-depth, on the ground reporting from around the world.
Copyright © 2022 TRT World.