Violent land evictions in Brazil

Survival for Tribal Peoples reports that in one incident, Terena Indians had returned to live on their ancestral land, which now belongs to a rancher who is also a politician. The police turned up and carried out a violent eviction, killing one and wounding others. There are fears that there will be similar violence at the site of the Belo Monte Dam project, where Kayapo, Arara, Munduruku, and Xipaia Indians are currently protesting. Tribal peoples are supposed to be consulted about the use of their land before any decisions are made, but the government appears to have been pandering to powerful agricultural and mining lobbies who seek to undermine these rights.

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