Indigenous peoples to Bolsonaro: “We Refuse to be Treated as Inferior beings”

In interviews and during the campaign the new Brazilian president Bolsonaro (PSL)declared that he will extinguish the Ministry of the Environment and the Chico Mendes Institute of Biodiversity Conservation (ICMBio).  He also publicly stated that he will grant “no centimeter of land” to natives and quilombolas.

 Bolsonaro said today that allowing indigenous people to live in protected reserves is to treat them as animals in zoos, and added new criticisms against the demarcation of their ancestral lands.

Other intentions already expressed by Bolsonaro would be to remove Brazil from the so-called Paris Agreement, which provides for the limitation of global temperature increase below 2 ° or 1.5 ° Celsius. and to let the public freely buy guns.

Bolsonaro (PSL) promised to cancel 129 new demarcations of indigenous land that are currently underway. About 120,000 indigenous people live in these mostly very remote lands (Funai). In the case of the 436 already recognized indigenous lands  he stated that they will be opened to infrastructure projects such as hydroelectric, roads, railroads and mining activities, though this might go against the Constitution..

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Association of Indigenous Peoples protests ‘Animals in Zoos’ statements by Bolsonaro and establishes priorities for the government

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“We are only different, it is an obligation of the federal government according to the Constitution, to respecting our social organization” –

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Brazil In Danger: Three ‘Time Bombs’

Brazil faces Militarized Fascism: 3 ‘time bombs’ promote Far Right Coup

By Boaventura de Sousa Santos

October 15, 2018 “Information Clearing House“ –  Brazilian democracy is on the brink of the abyss. The institutional coup that was set in motion with President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment and led to the unjust imprisonment of former President Lula da Silva is all but complete.

The consummation of the coup has acquired a meaning that is quite different from what was initially intended by many of the political and social forces that promoted it or just would not disagree with it. Some of these forces either acted or reacted in the honest belief that the coup was aimed at regenerating Brazilian democracy by fighting corruption, while others saw it was a way of neutralizing the elevation of the popular classes to a standard of living that sooner or later was to be a threat not only to the elites but also to the middle classes (among whom there were many who were the product of the redistributive policies against which they were now turning). Continue reading “Brazil In Danger: Three ‘Time Bombs’”