Thursday, December 08, 2022

Brazil: Two Guajara natives died in separate incidents

RIO DE JANEIRO ( Associated Press) — Two members of the Brazilian Guajara indigenous group, known for their forest guards who combat illegal deforestation, were killed over the weekend, according to the Missionary Indigenous Council (CIMI) Non-profit organization that monitors violence. against the native people.

The CIMI division in the state said forest guard Genildo Oliveira Guajara died after being shot multiple times in the back, while another Guajara man, who was killed in the attack on Saturday morning, survived and is in a health unit. Instagram. According to the statement, in another municipality in Maranho, Jails Carlos Miranda Guajara was hit by an unidentified vehicle the same morning, and members of his group were suspected of murder.

The Guajaras live in the Arariboia indigenous territory of Maranho and patrol their land to repel invaders. This has often put them in the crosshairs: five were killed in the five-month period between 2019 and 2020.

Neither the federal government’s Agency for Indigenous Affairs nor the federal police reached an email from the Associated Press seeking comment.

At a demonstration in So Paulo on Sunday, a small group of indigenous people from various tribes were taking part in a previously scheduled protest against violence, illegal logging, mining and animal husbandry.

Sonia Guajara, a tribe member and executive coordinator of the Federation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil, told reporters she needed more details before commenting on the reports.

“We are here to say: enough with this violence, enough with the genocide against our people and our region,” he said.

CIMI’s annual report on violence against indigenous peoples, published last month, reported that 176 indigenous people were murdered in 2021, slightly less than the previous year, but much higher than the last five years’ average of 123.

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