Brazilian Police Investigate After Gold Miners Brag About Slaughtering Indigenous Amazon Tribe

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Brazilian Police are currently investigating the massacring of an indigenous uncontacted Amazonian tribe in Jarvai Valley after gold miners in Brazil murdered 10 members—then bragged about “cutting up the bodies and throwing them in the river.”

National Indian Foundation FUNAI—a Brazilian governing body responsible for protecting indigenous people—claimed the tribes men were scouring around the Amazon river for eggs when they collided with the miners and were slaughtered:

The miners were then overheard bragging about the murder in a bar near the Colombian border, where they “showed off a carved paddle which they claim was taken from the men.”

Funai/Associated Press coordinator Leila Silvia Burger Sotto-Maior told The New York Times“It was crude bar talk. They even bragged about cutting up the bodies and throwing them in the river. There is a lot of evidence, but it needs to be proven.”

Leading the prosecution case is Pablo Luz de Beltrand, he stated in a telephone interview:

“We are following up, but the territories are big and access is limited.

“These tribes are uncontacted — even Funai has only sporadic information about them. So it’s difficult work that requires all government departments working together.

“It was the first time that we’d had this kind of case in this region. It’s not something that was happening before.”

Senior campaigner, Sarah Shenker said:

“If the investigation confirms the reports, it will be yet another genocidal massacre resulting directly from the Brazilian government’s failure to protect isolated tribes — something that is guaranteed in the Constitution.”

FUNAI have previously accused the Brazilian government of endangering the lives of indigenous groups by cutting their funding.

Their funds have been cut from 7.5 million reais to just  two million reais, “We had problems with previous governments, but not like this”, said foundation coordinator Ms. Sotto-Maior, “What can I do with two million reais?”

Brazil already has a policy against contacting the tribes and they are working to prevent future invasions of their land.

You Can Watch a Video Report on the Dead Tribe Members Here:

Source(s):
Daily Mail
Survival International
The New York Time

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