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Brazilian native people protest against thesis violating their rights

Brasilia, Jun 5 (Prensa Latina) Indigenous peoples will carry out mobilizations throughout Brazil against the "temporary framework" that limits the demarcation of native lands, allows economic actions in possessions and weakens the rights of native communities.

The initiative was approved last week in the Chamber of Deputies and provides that aboriginal land can only be demarcated if it is verified that the occupants were in that space before or on the date of the promulgation of the Constitution, on October 5th, 1988. Any demand that does not fit in that period would be automatically rejected.

The mobilizations were called by the Articulation of the Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB) and its seven regional organizations with the aim of demanding that the thesis be repealed in the Federal Supreme Court (STF).

The demonstrations will take place during the week of the environment (June 5th to 9th). According to the APIB, in the three days, there will be plenary sessions, vigils and events, in addition to the launch of the clip “The call of the isolated”.

“The temporary time frame is a legislated genocide. A theory that reverses the entire history of Brazil,” denounced the Minister of Indigenous Peoples, Sonia Guajajara.

“The temporary context is a setback for us and a denial of our rights. All relatives, territories, villages and cities must remain mobilized at this very decisive moment for indigenous peoples. We have always fought,” said Val Eloy, executive coordinator of the APIB by the Terena Council, who assured that everything achieved “was even from the mobilizations of the indigenous movement and now we are not going to go back. We will echo our voice in all corners of Brazil and we will bury the thesis once and for all of the time frame,” he stressed.

The bill was endorsed in the lower house with 283 votes in favor and 155 against. If approved, it will be sent to President Luis Inácio Lula da Silva to be certified or repealed.


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