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“If an Indigenous Person Dies in Vale Do Javari, We Will React Too,” Says a Kanamari Leader (Portuguese)


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Image by José Medeiros/Agência Pública. Brazil, 2022.

About 200 indigenous people from the Javari Valley gathered late June 23, in front of the regional coordination of Funai (National Indian Foundation) in Atalaia do Norte (AM) with banners and posters calling for protection for the region and Justice for the murders of Bruno Pereira, Dom Phillips, and Maxciel Pereira and with criticism of the federal government and the president of the agency in Brasilia, Marcelo Xavier. Posters called for "out with Xavier."

Indigenous people and Funai advocates asked for justice for the murders of the indigenist Bruno and the journalist Dom, which occurred on the 5th of last month in the Itaquaí River, and the indigenist Maxciel, who was shot dead in Tabatinga (AM) in 2019.

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The Funai advocates called for June 30 protests across the country and a 24-hour strike. According to INA (Indigenous Associates) there were some 40 to 52 protest pockets in the country.

During the protest in Atalaia do Norte, the Kanamari chief Eduardo Dyanim spoke into the microphone: "Here in the region of Itaquaí, on the Curuçá [river], we want the presence of the State, the Federal Police, the Army, and Ibama to protect our territory. Because if we, an indigenous person dies, we will also react. This has to be made very clear to the non-indigenous invaders as well. I'm just going to wait. If an indigenous person dies in the Javari Valley, we are also going to react."

Video by Agência Pública. Brazil, 2022.

Indigenous people of Vale do Javari live under constant threats. Image by José Medeiros/Agência Pública. Brazil, 2022.

Act in front of the Funai building in Atalaia brought together about 200 indigenous people. Image by José Medeiros/Agência Pública. Brazil, 2022.

"We will not be silent, we will continue to fight for our rights", says cacique Sandra Matsés from the Nova Esperança village. Image by José Medeiros/Agência Pública. Brazil, 2022.