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Amazon tribe takes on loggers and wins, for now

Normally it is the loggers who have the upper hand against the tribals.

But a small army of Ka'apor warriors marched into the Amazon forest in Brazil's north-east Maranhao state to protect and survey the Alto Turiacu Indian reserve, which has been invaded by illegal loggers for years.

The warriors stripped the loggers, tied them up and beat those who resisted.

They also set fire to the loggers' trucks and confiscated their chainsaws and shotguns.

Ka'apor leader Irakadju told Reuters that they had sought the help of the Brazilian army, which didn't do much - unwilling to ruin their jeeps and possibly afraid of the loggers.