The Bog Blog

A blog about growing carnivorous plants.

Monday, November 14, 2005 - Wetlands�defender kills self in protest - Wetlands�defender kills self in protest - Nov 14, 2005:
"RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) -- A crusading defender of Brazil's Pantanal wetlands set himself on fire and died of burns to protest a proposed sugar-cane alcohol plant in the environmentally fragile region, hospital officials said Monday.

Francisco Anselmo de Barros, 65, wrapped himself in an alcohol-soaked blanket and set it on fire during a protest Saturday in Campo Grande, 1,200 kilometers (750 miles) northwest of Rio de Janeiro, according to officials at the Santa Casa hospital.

Fellow protesters smothered the fire with blankets and sprayed it with a fire extinguisher. Barros was taken to Santa Casa with burns over 90 percent of his body. He died Sunday, the hospital said."

It is really a tragedy to see such a pasionate crusader for the environment kill himself like this. Wetlands are a vital part of our world ecosystem and of course, without them, we wouldn't have any carnivorous plants either.


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