National Indigenous Mobilization Week in Brazil
Indigenous people in Brazil have begun a weeklong campaign. The protest is against a proposed constitutional amendment known as PEC 215, which amends the rules for demarcation of indigenous lands. Indigenous people represent one percent of Brazil’s more than 200 million-strong population and occupy 12 percent of the national territory, mainly in the Amazon.
According to the organizers, the protest is part of the National Indigenous Mobilization, with events in various parts of Brazil from September 30 to October 5, to defend the territorial rights of the indigenous population against the government, agribusiness and large mining and energy companies.
(Reuters) – Brazilian police used pepper spray to stop hundreds of protesting Indians from storming Congress on Wednesday, clamping down on the second day of indigenous rights marches.
Tribes across Brazil blocked highways and occupied government offices to oppose what they see as a steady undermining of their rights to ancestral lands by farmers supported by politicians in disputes that have occasionally turned violent.