Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Brazil’s Munduruku People Kick Miners Off Their Land, Seize Equipment.
From the department of don't screw with indigenous peoples: the Munduruku people of Brazil assaulted a mining operation in the western region of Para, Brazil in a night raid.
"You have ten minutes to get out. Get your things, go away, and don't come back. This is the land of the Munduruku," Paigomuyatpu, chief of the warriors, said to two of the twelve miners present. Sensing that the chief wasn't someone to take lightly, the miners packed their bags and got out. This kind of illegal exploration and mining inside the Munduruku's indigenous land isn't new. This is a practice that goes back to the 1980's. Clearly, the Munduruku are sick of the exploitation of indigenous labor that don't benefit the tibes or the people.
To the local communities, the miners have caused some serious problems on their lands due to uncontrolled exploitation. Pollution of the river, lack of fish, and overall cultural misunderstandings lead to this confrontation, explained Paigomuyatpu.
“The miners already made too many damages in our territory. We are evicting problems, sickness, and many other things that are happening. We are evicting this for our future generation,” he added.
In a letter, the native people have pronounced that they aren't afraid of death and will continue to fight for their rights. Here is the letter in full:
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