A member of the Guarani Nandeva tribe stands watch at a roadblock they built to keep farmers out after they occupied a farm they claim is part of the ancestral land they call Tekoha Yvy Katu, in the Japora municipality of Mato Grosso do Sul state, near the southern border with Paraguay, on November 22, 2013. Guarani Indians occupied 14 farms in Japora during this past October, claiming it is part of the land legally declared as Indian land by the Supreme Court in 2005, although still waiting to be signed into law by Brazil’s president since then.
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Games of the indigenous people in Brazil
The XII Games of the Indigenous People in Cuiaba have begun, where 48 Brazilian indigenous tribes present their cultural rituals and compete in traditional sports such as archery, running with logs and canoeing. The event takes place from Nov 8 to Nov 16. (Reuters)
Brazil | October 10, 2013
Terena Indians occupied overnight more than 3,000 hectares (7,413 acres) of ranches in Miranda, Mato Grosso do Sul state that they claim is part of their ancestral land, in the ongoing land conflict pitting native Brazilians against the government, agribusiness, large mining and energy companies. In the last picture, Paulino Terena, member of the Terena Indians, shows bullet casings that he collected from the ground where unknown gunmen shot at them the night before.
Brazil’s indigenous policy, which includes returning land to natives based on anthropological studies, is considered one of the world’s most progressive. But it has sparked violence since the country became an agricultural superpower and Indian policy clashed with farming interests. In May, two Terena Indians were shot and killed when police tried to remove them from a congressman’s cattle ranch on disputed property in Mato Grosso do Sul.
Survival International, a non-profit which champions the rights of indigenous people around the world, on Wednesday highlighted alarming suicide rates among Brazil’s tiny Guarani Indian tribe. Guarani Indians, whose total population in Brazil is estimated at 46,000, have been trying to recover a small portion of their original territories, but face violent resistance from wealthy ranchers as well as soya and sugar cane plantation owners. Survival wrote in a statement that, on average, at least one Guarani has committed suicide every week since the start of this century. Most of the victims are between 15 and 29 years old, but the youngest recorded victim was just nine years old.
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A demonstrator with his face covered jumps over a burning barricade at the Cinelandia square during a march in support of teachers on strike in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Oct. 7, 2013. Teachers have been on strike demanding better pay for almost two months.
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