Monday 26 August 2019

Tribal leader 'killed' as miners invade village

 

'Brazil's tribal peoples have long faced pressure from miners, ranchers and loggers' (stock picture)
'Brazil's tribal peoples have long faced pressure from miners, ranchers and loggers' (stock picture)

Nick Allen

Armed miners reportedly invaded a village in a remote part of Brazil and killed a tribal leader.

Villagers fled but were planning to return, sparking fears of a "bloodbath", according to local reports.

The violence began last week when the indigenous leader was reportedly stabbed to death in an area belonging to the Waiapi tribe in Amapa state, in the north of Brazil.

It came as around 50 miners, known as "garimpeiros", were said to have overrun the Waiapi village of Mariry. The leader's body was reportedly found with stab wounds in a river. The village is 300km from the state capital and a team of police departed to investigate. Randolfe Rodrigues, an opposition senator from Amapa, writing on his Facebook page, said: "The situation is urgent."

He warned of a "bloodbath" and added: "This is the first violent invasion in 30 years since the demarcation of the indigenous reserves in Amapa."

Brazil's tribal peoples have long faced pressure from miners, ranchers and loggers.

Activists say the threats have intensified since Jair Bolsonaro, the pro-business president, took power in January, vowing to increase development and mining in the Amazon, highlighting the "absurd quantity of minerals" there.

Irish Independent

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