Indigenous groups have re-occupied farm land in Mato Grosso do Sul, South of Brazil, after being evicted on Thursday.
The groups are claiming ownership over part of the farm as they say it forms part of their ancestral lands.
The groups have occupied the land, which is owned by a local politician, Ricardo Bacha, for over two weeks. During the eviction process on Thursday, one of the group members, Osiel Abriel was shot and killed by police.
According to press reports, police officers have claimed that the group became violent during Thursday’s eviction process.
Brazil’s justice minister José Eduardo Cardozo, has called an investigation into the death of Abriel which will determine if an excessive and unnecessary use of force and firearms were used.
“We will very accurately determine what happened. If there were abuses, those responsible will be punished, “he said.
On Friday, 250 people from the group returned back to the farm to re-occupy the land.
Local media have said that although the situation continues to be “tense”, there has been no violence since the re-occupation on Friday.
Dilma summons ministers to discuss indigenous conflict
|June 1, 2013|
The situation of the Indian wars in the country is being discussed at a meeting convened by the President of the Republic, Dilma Rousseff, at the Alvorada Palace. Are present Ministers of Justice, José Eduardo Cardozo, Civil House, Gleisi Hoffmann, and the General Secretariat of the Presidency, Gilberto Carvalho. Also participating in the Advocate General of the Union, Luiz Inácio Adams, and President of the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa), Maurício Lopes.
Thursday (30), an Indian was killed in Mato Grosso do Sul, during a repossession of a farm in Sidrolândia municipality which is about 60 kilometers from the capital Campo Grande. Osiel abriel was shot dead, and according to Minister José Eduardo Cardozo, the Federal Police have opened investigation into the crime. The farm was occupied from the 15th of this month. It is in an area where there is conflict over land for more than a decade.
In Pará, a group of Indians occupied the main construction site of the hydroelectric plant of Belo Monte on the Xingu River. After four days, they agreed to leave the site. But to do so, an agreement was reached with the federal government. Next week, in Brasilia, they will meet with representatives of the General Secretariat of the Presidency and the Ministries of Justice and of Mines and Energy. Until then the Indians maintain the occupation of Belo Monte.
With the agreement, the order of repossession granted, on Tuesday (28), the subsection of the Federal Court in Altamira, will not be enforced until further notice.
The agreement allowed the Norte Energia, the company responsible for the construction of the dam, resume works today, and since the early morning, the workers are returning to work. According to the builder, the Indians who still occupy the greenway are housed in the central office, away from any area of heavy production. The expectation is that the activities in the work are standard today (1st).
By Luana Lourenço
Source: Agency Brazil – EBC
Edition: Aetius Beloved