Brazil’s indigenous people: ‘We fight for the right to exist’

Explore fighting Brazils indigenous groups unite to protect – petrol-foretFor the Brazilian tribes, the earth is at a permanent stake. Agricultural conflicts are constant and death is the barometer of territorial protests. In 2006, we believed that agricultural conflicts relating to Amerindians are about a hundred. In the decade 1995-2005, 300 Indians were victims of murder for the sake of the earth, of which half in Mato Grosso (soybean).

Brazils indigenous groups unite to protect -In 2012, chairwoman Dilma Rousseff issued a new code for the forest which gives particular importance to the multinational and doesn’t look good for certain Brazilian tribes and in particular the Guarani from Mato Grosso.

Fazenda-coffeeAmerindian’s belongings are therefore fragile and continuously threatened by the productivist and speculative madness of the Brazilian agricultural production.

Today, the culture of soybean and breeding are the main reasons for deforestation in Brazil. It’s on behalf of this environmental disaster that Brazil succeeds in being one of the biggest exporters of meat and soybean on the planet.

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Indigenous Peoples in Brazil

However, hunger continues to wreak havoc in this irrefutably rich country. For instance, some years ago, the baby Geria’s case from Guarani Kaiowa’s tribe, had moved all the country. At the age of 2, this small girl weighed hardly 5kg.

one-planet-a-vendreAs a result, the first to suffer from this unsteadiness of Brazilian economy are, as always, the poorest and in particular, the Amerindian’s populations whose way of life and the use of their traditional technologies require huge territories, continuously gnawed by multinationals or the colossal project of the federal government.

raonibarageplanBut what changed drastically in favor of the constitutional laws of 1988, it is the political structuring Brazilian tribes to emphasize their rights, whether it is at a national or international level. The conflict of the 12 tribes led by the leader Raoni against the blocking of Belo Monte is the most emblematic actual example. today, Brazilian Amerindians are on Facebook and Twitter, translate their petitions in all international languages, they are on tour, in foreign countries to promote their causes.

Many people go back to a traditional way of life. The use of ayahuasca is regulated but not any more prohibited, in spite of the hardness of anti-narcotic laws. Brazils indigenous groups

Raoni-place-des-DDH-Trocadero-Paris-tenant-la-petition-Internationale-Contre-barrageSometimes, they confine illegally multinational employees or civil servants to call out local power on the destitution which they continue to suffer.

Brazils indigenous groups unite to protect – The Brazilian Amerindian of the XXIth century employs so regularly the most radical union techniques and demands legalization of its condition through the construction of medical health centers, pairs of spectacles, schools (from now on bilingual).

When they go hunting, it is with a GPS. Not because they are scared to get lost but they are worried about controlling the integrity of their territories.


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