Garcia, 28, was found dead with several bullet impacts. He disappeared on Thursday when he left his home to verify the presence of traffickers in the Sinchi Roca community in the Ucayali region.
The Regional Organization of the Interethnic Association for the Development of the Peruvian Jungle (AIDESEP) demanded a state of emergency and the dismantling of gangs linked to drug trafficking.
"This death occurs because we have been abandoned by the Peruvian authorities. We are left at the mercy of drug traffickers, land invaders, and illegal loggers," AIDESEP stated.
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Four days before Garcia's death, environmental defender Yenes Rios, 25, was also killed by drug traffickers in the Coronel Portillo province.
At least 12 environmental leaders were murdered in the Peruvian Amazon in the last seven years. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, four Indigenous people rights activists have been killed over the last year.
"This is not an isolated case, it is a great concern that makes us desperate and it is a situation that everyone knows about but the authorities do not act because little or nothing matters to them," AIDESEP noted.