President Jair Bolsonaro has ‘declared war’ on Brazil’s indigenous peoples.
- taken the government’s indigenous affairs department, FUNAI, away from the Ministry of Justice and placed it under the control of Minister Damares Alves, an evangelical preacher under investigation for inciting racial hatred against indigenous peoples
- taken the responsibility to map out indigenous territories away from FUNAI and given it to the Agriculture Ministry which is run by anti-indigenous politicians of the agribusiness lobby
- issued decrees to make it harder to protect indigenous territories, and to ‘monitor’ indigenous peoples’ allies
- and more…
These moves spell disaster for indigenous peoples nationwide and could wipe out dozens of uncontacted tribes.
But across the country, indigenous peoples are fighting back. They won’t let anyone steal their land, because without it they can’t survive.
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