Remembering Marcos Veron 10 years on
The killing by a rancher’s gunmen reverberated around the world, and Marcos became a symbol of the Guarani’s remarkable courage and tenacity in the bitter and frequently violent struggle to regain their land.
Adelsa, Marcos’s daughter-in-law, told Survival, ‘We feel tremendous sadness at the absence our leader Marcos Veron. He died with his blood flowing. His voice continues in our dreams.’
Two years ago a Brazilian court found three of the gunmen guilty of kidnapping, torture and criminal conspiracy in relation to his death, but they were acquitted of charges of murder and attempted murder.
A few years before his death, Marcos declared prophetically, ‘This here is my life, my soul. If you take me away from this land, you take my life.’
The day before he died, he said to his son Ernesto, ‘My son, we are going back on to our land and we are never going to leave again. If they kill me, you will all continue to fight because Takuara is our land. Do not let them destroy our reserve’.
Today the Guarani of Takuara still occupy only a fraction of their land, as they wait for the Brazilian authorities to fully recognize their land rights.
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