The Wider Image: Fighting fire with fire, Amazon 'forest guardians' stalk loggers
One night in September, alerted by the rumble of heavy trucks, six Guajajara tribesmen -- faces painted for battle -- rushed to ambush a group of loggers. At a choke point in the local network of rutted dirt roads, they lay in wait, a 4x4 blocking the road, rifles and handguns at the ready. When the trucks arrived, the loggers, who numbered around eight, were first to fire. The Guajajara shot back, forcing the loggers to scatter into the forest. The indigenous warriors burnt the trucks, piled high with freshly cut lumber.