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Indian Health Worker Killed, Five Wounded as Brazil Tribal Community Attacked

Survival International
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June 15, 2016
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Attack against the Guarani Kaiowá, Brazil (Survival International)

A group of gunmen has attacked a tribal community in southern Brazil, killing one man and wounding at least five others, including a child. It is the latest in a series of violent assaults on the Guarani tribe.

The attack took place yesterday (June 14) in Tey’i Jusu community. Guarani Kaiowá villagers were able to film the attack from a distance. Gunshots and screams are audible in the footage, and fires appear to have been lit in nearby fields.

The man who was killed has been named as Clodiodi Aquileu, a community health worker in his twenties.

The attack is highly likely to be part of escalating attempts by the powerful local agri-business and ranching interests – closely linked to the recently established interim government – to illegally evict the Guarani from their ancestral land and to intimidate them with genocidal violence and racism.

Earlier this week, Survival received audio through its Tribal Voice project from the Guarani of Pyelito Kue community, documenting a separate attack by gunmen on their village.

News has also broken about another Guarani community in the same region, known as Apy Ka’y, which is facing eviction after a land reoccupation led by indigenous leader Damiana Cavanha in 2013. It is not yet known whether the nine families living there have been able to hold onto the land – which is rightfully theirs under Brazilian and international law – after an eviction order was served last week.

Read the rest at Survival International

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