Brazilian police target indigenous leaders after government criticism | Brazil | The Guardian

Human rights activists in Brazil have warned that the country’s authorities are targeting indigenous leaders after police launched investigations into two prominent critics of the government of Jair Bolsonaro. Sônia Guajajara, the head of Brazil’s largest indigenous organization, the Association of Indigenous Peoples (Apib), and Almir Suruí had been put under investigation last month over social media campaigns raising awareness of the threat that Covid-19 poses to Brazil’s indigenous population. Both cases were closed this week after federal judges ruled that there were no grounds for the investigations and described the situation as an “illegal embarrassment”. But Natalie Unterstell, the founder of the Política por Inteiro thinktank, said the episode exposed how the government is fostering violence against indigenous populations. “Speeches by the president and his ministers are constantly attacking indigenous peoples,” Unterstell said. “This sets an environment of violence. We need antidotes against it.”

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2 thoughts on “Brazilian police target indigenous leaders after government criticism | Brazil | The Guardian”

  1. May God, or whatever you believe in, be with the Indigenous people. The Amazon is the lungs of our world. Bolsenaro is, what do the kids call people like him, cuck? Our country, all countries, need to introduce sanctions to protect the Rain Forest. We are all one planet and we are dying.

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