In Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro promises Yanomami natives an end to illegal mines

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro observes an indigenous celebration of the inauguration of a bridge in Sao Gabriel da Cachoeira, Manaus state, Brazil on May 27, 2021.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro promised in a video published Sunday, May 30 to the indigenous Yanomani the end of mining in their territories, where they do not want it.

“If you don’t want mines, there won’t be mines”Mr. Bolsonaro said in this video recorded last Thursday during a meeting with representatives of Yanomani communities, the first having taken place in indigenous territory.

Since 2020, the indigenous Yanomani have alerted the authorities to the situation of extreme tension reigning in their territories, which constitute the largest indigenous reserve in the country with 96,000 km2 and some 27,000 inhabitants.

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Up 30% last year

Their representatives and environmental organizations denounce the illegal exploitation of land, in part favored by the discourse favorable to the economic exploitation of the indigenous territories of the Brazilian president, so far.

During Thursday’s meeting, Bolsonaro pledged that the military would intervene to enforce their rights, but never made any reference to illegal mines. These, the main cause of environmental destruction in the Amazon rainforest, increased by 30% last year, devastating the equivalent of 500 football fields, according to a report by a Yanomani association.

For several weeks, the natives of the Yanomani and Mundurucu (northern) territories have suffered attacks from illegal minors, which prompted a judge of the Supreme Court of Brazil to order the government to take the “Necessary measures” To protect them.

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The World with AFP


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