Gunmen in Brazil Trap Indians Cutting Off Their Water and Food

Guarani Indians from Brazil Brazilian gunmen hired by ranchers have been holding as prisoners a large group of Guarani Indians in Brazil. The gunmen have cut off the Indians’ access to food, water and health care since they surrounded their community one month ago.

They began to threaten the Guarani and prevent anyone from leaving or entering the area soon after the Indians returned to their ancestral land, which is now occupied by the Triunfo (Triumph) ranch.

Despite pleas from the Guarani for police assistance and urgent medical care, their community, known as Ypo’i, is still besieged. A team from the federal health ministry has allegedly refused to enter, citing ‘security problems’.

Reports indicate that the only officials who have entered the community with the gunmen’s agreement is a team from Brazil’s Indian Affairs Department FUNAI, who delivered some food parcels.

The international human rights organization Survival has written to the Brazilian authorities demanding immediate police action to lift the siege of the community.

The last time the Guarani of Ypo’i attempted to reoccupy their land, in October 2009, they were violently attacked by gunmen. The body of one community member, Genivaldo Verá, was later found dead and badly bruised in a nearby river.

Although extreme, the conflict is just one of many in which the Guarani of Mato Grosso do Sul state, in southern Brazil, attempt to recover small fragments of their ancestral land in the face of bitter resistance from wealthy ranchers and farmers who frequently resort to violence.

Most Guarani live in overcrowded reserves or in makeshift camps on the side of highways, as depicted in the recent film Birdwatchers.

In a letter to Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva last month Guarani leaders said, “We are sure that you want to be remembered as a good President for this country and for humanity; you don’t want to be remembered for killing our tribe. If you do not map out our land, unfortunately that is what will continue to happen to us.”

Commenting on the latest happenings, Survival’s Director, Stephen Corry, said, “Anyone unfamiliar with the Guarani’s appalling plight would be staggered that the authorities are prepared to stand by and watch a peaceful and defenseless community being held hostage in this way. The Guarani, though,  have long known that their land is in the hands of people prepared to resort to violent intimidation to hold on to it – and that the authorities too often stand by and do nothing.”

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    Murderous ranchers and their hired bullies
    Unless the natives can come up with some gold or cash, how can they bribe the local officials and members of law enforcement in an effort to DO THEIR JOBS AND DUTIES TO PROTECT THE CITIZENS, NOT just do the bidding of the ranchers who control the lawyers, judges and jails.

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