A warning voice on the telephone, a home intrusion, a punch in the face, a pistol barrel prodded against the ear.
The intimidation of Maria do Socorro Silva has come in many forms since she began defending her Amazonian home against the world’s biggest alumina refinery and its local government backers.
As a leader of forest dwellers – indigenous, quilombo and riverine communities – Socorro ought to be terrified. Her home is in Pará, the deadliest state for land activists in Brazil, the most murderous country in the world. Two associates and friends have been killed since December.