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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

642 comments

  • Bill C.
    03/13/2020 07:37

    No Brazil had for decades been turned to SOCIALISM. Like Venezuela it ruined the economy and it's health care system. The President just got in office. It's going to take some time to repair the damage Socialism did. This is simply another globalist attempt to socialize a population. I'll wager a Soros paid foundation is behind this. The indigenous people want to remain outside of Brazil's economic development. Yet they want to be provided for by the system they don't want to be a part of. The want to have there cake and eat it too. Look more closely into these things and there is much underlying what's presented.

  • Chet L.
    03/12/2020 22:56

    Was Liz Warren there

  • Scott J.
    03/12/2020 13:09

    We need to do the same here

  • Lane L.
    03/11/2020 23:20

    Did the clearing of the forest begin with this president, or has it been happening for a long time?

  • Jay H.
    03/11/2020 20:18

    So their fighting socialism

  • Nicholas L.
    03/11/2020 12:52

    Look like Mexicans are we in Mexico

  • Mike H.
    03/11/2020 04:51

    It's all about Oil and Gas. The indigenous people, animals, and to their Rain Forest need to be respected by their Government! The indigenous people are the care takers of the Rain Forest! They should be left alone. God Bless them!!!!

  • Edgar M.
    03/11/2020 00:49

    This is how socialism works. The government takes control of all aspects of their lives! This is why we do NOT want socialism in America !!

  • Anthony G.
    03/10/2020 22:30

    I feel like the world of 2020 is just being plunged into chaos and corrupt government taking advantage of the people

  • Thomas H.
    03/10/2020 20:03

    Wheres Elizabeth Warren at

  • Richard K.
    03/10/2020 19:47

    Sorry for you..but we got problems of our own...our president has lost his mind

  • Robin E.
    03/10/2020 14:08

    .... global indigenous issue

  • Joey W.
    03/10/2020 13:34

    Now that’s a woman can breastfeed while protesting government I’ll bet she rolled her own tampons too. All that jumping bet that baby is getting buttermilk just kidding she a hero

  • Howard G.
    03/10/2020 05:55

    No

  • Howard G.
    03/10/2020 05:55

    Brovo.

  • Rene S.
    03/10/2020 02:54

    Pay Attention people to this.

  • Bill K.
    03/09/2020 22:03

    One thing is for sure none of them are starving

  • Phil A.
    03/09/2020 09:48

    Beautiful culture

  • Linda B.
    03/09/2020 01:33

    I am proud of these people. They are participating to save their country. They are standing up for their rights. They are not running away. They are uniting and standing together. They are needing borders the same as we are. Sounds like They have a Democrat President.

  • Wally S.
    03/08/2020 15:29

    Proud of these folks. Standing up for their rights.

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