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Indigenous Women Protest Brazil’s President

Indigenous women took to Brazil's capital to protest Jair Bolsonaro, the country’s new president. This is what they want the international community to know. 🇧🇷

Sounding the alarm to the international community

On August 13 in Brazil, hundreds of indigenous women protested in Brasilia, the nation’s capital. “Historically, this is the first time that indigenous women have taken to the streets to show their opposition, willingness to fight and above all, their courage. Their courage to fight for their lives and today, to be in control of their destiny. They feel threatened by the policies of Brazil’s new president, Jair Bolsonaro, ” says Sonia Guajajara Guajajara tribe member. The Bolsonaro government wants to make towns and cities responsible for providing medical services to indigenous people, and community leaders fear local authorities lack the infrastructure and specialized units required. The federal government is currently in charge of healthcare, and indigenous communities are visited by specially trained professionals.

The roughly 900,000 indigenous people in Brazil live mainly in the Amazon region — which has already lost 1,814 square miles of forest since early 2019 — nearly twice as much as in 2018 based on data from Brazilian National Space Research Institute. “We’ve been experiencing a number of attacks that are violent and systematic, an absence of borders for our land, the issue of health and education, all of that’s in danger. We’re fighting against privatization and advocating for fairer, higher quality education. The Amazon is ours,” tells Joenia Wapichana, Representative of the state of Roraima.

The indigenous women are protesting to protect their land, demand better healthcare services and sound the alarm to the international community. “People need to respect our Brazil. Brazil is ours; it belongs to the indigenous people. Jair Bolsonaro has come here to destroy Brazil. We don’t want that. He can go back where he came from. We don’t want someone like him governing our country, Brazil,” adds Petjea Kraho, Kraho tribe member. Critics say Mr. Bolsonaro's positions have encouraged illegal mining and invasions of reserves. Last month, an indigenous leader was stabbed to death, reportedly by heavily armed gold miners who had invaded a remote indigenous territory.

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08/15/2019 11:58 AM
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  • Elizabeth R.
    2 days

    Yes amen ❤

  • Daisy C.
    3 days

    Be Strong! Stay strong!

  • Marcela J.
    3 days

    Epa q dirán.

  • Griselda H.
    3 days

    Tienen razón es su tierra y tienen que respetarla

  • Robert B.
    3 days

    My question is how these women put on so much weight living off the jungle in the Amazon. I've seen documentaries years ago and they were little people, but many of these marchers are obese. My question is Are they really living of the land or are they living off the socialist economy of Brazil? Just asking.

  • Zach N.
    4 days

    That poor baby was just trying to eat and his mom was just shaking him all over

  • Dan G.
    4 days

    hell yeah, fight for your rights!

  • Chris V.
    4 days

    Are they speaking in a European founded language?

  • Javel M.
    4 days

    Somebody translate and tell these women that this is beautiful. They are beautiful.

  • Barb S.
    5 days

    I am with you! Keep fighting💕💕💕💕

  • Jesus M.
    5 days

    Que vivan todos los indígenas del mundo dueños de sus tierras y tradiciones merecen respeto

  • Ma'iq T.
    5 days

    They want stronger borders and less immigration lol

  • Rodney B.
    6 days

    Something something courageous, something something aspiring. Almost as bad as thoughts and prayers. I am all for what they are trying to accomplish but some of y'all sound like 🐑

  • Raime H.
    6 days

    I love it. Hispanics fighting for the establishment and securing of borders around their country. But somehow, the Left in our country would have Hispanics believe it's "racist" to do the same. I wonder, does the Left look at these brave Hispanic women and say, "what a bunch of racists?" I love the hypocrisy. Anyway, keep on fighting ladies. 👍🏼👍🏼

  • Milton O.
    12/03/2019 16:59

    Don,t worry continue to play the game of the socialism until they get you, under them you will have no rights to do any type of claims and the international community won,t help you because they only want to finish with all non-socialist countries at any cost

  • Shane H.
    12/03/2019 16:38

    America is our country and people need to respect that too

  • Erin R.
    12/01/2019 19:10

    Something tells me this isnt the whole truth. Seems very familiar, a familiar type of media that lies to further political agendas. Hmmmmm

  • Leonard T.
    12/01/2019 03:32

    Brazil's president is their version of

  • Jack I.
    12/01/2019 02:01

    The world is still killing natives the one people that dont destroy the planet

  • Natasha S.
    11/30/2019 22:26

    I thought about you when I saw this