EU must defend Brazil’s indigenous people

Foto: Felipe Werneck/Ibama (Wikimedia)

17/04/2019
When the Portuguese invaders arrived in Brazil more than 500 years ago, there were an estimated three to five million indigenous people.

Since then, many have been exterminated and seen their populations reduced through murder, torture, enslavement, imported diseases, and the theft of their lands. As a result, Brazil’s indigenous population today stands at around 850,000.

The first 100 days of Jair Bolsonaro’s presidency are just the latest chapter in this long war of attrition.

Core constituency

Since Bolsonaro took office on 1 January, armed invaders have descended on indigenous peoples’ lands, as protected territories have come under attack from land grabbers. …

Europe’s complicity

This was followed by a barrage of measures and announcements with the same aim: advancing the interests of the agribusiness sector, and eroding the strength of those who stand in the way of them bulldozing the country’s precious rainforests and savannahs. …

Calling for boycott

Given all this, the EU is well placed to exert the kind of demand-side financial pressures that could act as a brake on Bolsonaro. …

Sonia Guajajara is coordinator of Articulação dos Povos Indígenas do Brasil (Articulation of Indigenous People of Brazil) (APIB)

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