Brazilian state creates force to protect Amazon tribe from loggers
Nov 07 2019
Since taking workplace in January, Bolsonaro has been accused of harming the Amazon and indigenous tribes with a view to profit his supporters within the logging, mining and farming industries.
"The increase in violence in indigenous territories is a direct result of his hateful speeches and steps taken against our people", APIB said.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has faced worldwide criticism for his comments disparaging environmental campaigners as well as his support of loggers in the region. These statements reinforce the anti-indigenous position of the current government and incite illegal action by those who seek to invade and exploit the territories already demarcated.
On Saturday (November 2), the Guajajara tribe said he had been killed in an ambush adding that "now is the time to bring to an end the institutionalized genocide". Another indigenous leader, Laercio Souza Silva, was also hit by gunfire, but managed to escape. "While I'm president there will be no more demarcation of (indigenous) land", Bolsonaro has said repeatedly. Sonia Guajajara, an indigenous leader in the area, said guards had previously received threats and wore protective vests while on patrol.
The Guajajara tribe is one of the largest in Brazil, with more than 20,000 members spread across over 10 territories, all in the northeastern state of Maranhao.
According to ABC.net, indigenous leaders accuse the right-wing government of dismantling environmental and indigenous agencies, leaving tribes to defend themselves from the invasion of their lands. Some of the indigenous living inside the over 1.02 million-acre reservation do not want contact with Brazilians and live in voluntary isolation.
A man who fought hard to protect the Brazilian rainforest for future generations, has been killed at the hands of illegal loggers.
Dino said that given the absence of federal agencies protecting indigenous people in his state, the task force would cooperate in emergencies and in fighting illegal logging on reservation lands.
Some indigenous teams within the Amazon rainforest say they're more and more weak to incursions by loggers and cattle ranchers.
At least 1,558 people in 50 countries were killed between 2002 and 2017 while trying to protect their land, water or local wildlife, says the analysis from NGO Global Witness, which calculated the death toll is nearly half that of USA troops killed in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001. We demand urgent justice.