BRASILIA, Brazil (Reuters) — Indigenous individuals and police clashed close to the congressional constructing in Brazil’s capital metropolis on Tuesday (April 25) throughout a protest in opposition to farmers’ encroachment on reservations.
Officers fired rubber bullets and tear gasoline at protesters, whose our bodies had been painted and wearing colourful headdresses, whereas some tribe members shot arrows in return.
The demonstration was peaceable till police blocked among the indigenous individuals from climbing a ramp that led into the congressional constructing, in keeping with a Reuters photographer on the scene.
The clashes ended round nightfall. Some indigenous individuals suffered gentle accidents. There was no instant phrase whether or not any officers had been damage.
Dozens of indigenous individuals are killed every year in Brazil in fights with farmers and ranchers over land, usually within the comparatively lawless Amazon area, the place employed gunmen have been used to push the indigenous off resource-rich reserves.
Sonia Guajajara, a coordinator for the march, stated some four,000 indigenous individuals and supporters took half within the protest.
The demonstration centered on laws that will give the final phrase on deciding land boundaries for indigenous reservations to Congress, the place a strong farm foyer holds sway. Currently, Brazil’s president retains the facility to set such boundaries.
Guajajara stated they carried coffins to represent indigenous who’ve died due to clashes over disputed land.
A police spokesperson stated the marchers went past the agreed level and invaded congressional grounds, requiring using drive to maintain them from coming into the constructing. He stated an arrow struck a police bag however no officers had been damage.