By Ruy Sposati, Cimi
The Kaiowá Denilson Barbosa, of 15 years, a resident of the village Tey ‘ ikue, was found dead on Sunday, 17, in the municipality of Caarapó (MS), on a road vicinal to seven kilometers of urban area of the city, with a shot to the head. According to witness accounts, Denilson and two other Indians were going fishing on Saturday, 16, when they were approached by three gunmen linked to the owner and tenant of a neighboring farm to Caarapó.
The Indians rushed the gunmen, but Denilson was seized by gunmen and assassinated – according to the witnesses, besides the shot confirmed by civilian police criminal forensics Caarapó, the Kaiowá youth took over a shot in the head and another in the neck. For security reasons, the names of the witnesses are omitted in this report.
Disgusted, relatives and residents of the village have buried the body of Denilson on the farm where the murder occurred, leased for cattle raising and soybean monoculture. The community also plans to hold a series of protests to denounce the violent action. According to the account of the indigenous survivors and the characteristics of the death, the clues point to execution.
Denilson, a child of 11 years and another left at the end of Indian Saturday to fish in the stream Mbope ‘ i, whose source is within the reserve, and that crosses farms around the indigenous land. When approached from a fish farm, were approached by three armed men. The survivors identified the three individuals-among them, a Paraguayan-as ‘ employees ‘ of a tenant of the farm.
The three men hurled against the Indians, who went on the run of the place. Two of them managed to hide. Denilson fell and became trapped in barbed wire from a fence. The three men then took and passed the deal rifle butts on the head and in the stomach of the Kaiowá, sending it up. According to the survivors, when stood standing, Denilson was shot with three bullets, two in the head and one in the neck.
FARM EVACUATED The two survivors, still hidden, saw, as a result, the men put the body on the bucket of Denilson a pickup truck. After the departure of the vehicle, the Indians returned to the village to report what happened to the family. Impacted by the news, Denilson’s father decided to go to the farm to look for her son. Upon arriving at the location, as reported, the father of the young murdered did not find anyone. The farm had been evacuated.
Denilson’s body was found by a trucker – according to the natives, also an employee of another farm in the region – that was circulating around vicinal, next to, around 5 am Sunday morning, 17. The Indians believe that, after the assassination, the gunmen spawned them Denilson’s body on a road away from the farm, at a junction known as “Crow’s Foot”.
According to the Civil Police criminal forensics, Denilson was found with a shot below the ear. The cadaverous report of the Forensic Medicine Institute (IML), however, has not yet been completed. The police have started investigations, but declined to give details about the case.
According to reports, this was not the first time that roughnecks linked to farmer threw against the Indians. Also, the fisheries problem is recurring among the Guarani Kaiowá and Hidden reserve, where the contained approximately 5,000 people living in 3594 hectares of land. Since the creation of the Indian territory by the Indian protection service (SPI), in 1924, the Indians need to fish outside the reserved area, where there are only sources of streams, but there are no fish, suffering pressure and attacks from farmers.
Reservations are containment areas created by SPI in the spoliation of the Guarani Kaiowá and as a result of the colonization of the then state of Mato Grosso. The containment is pointed to by experts as one of the major causes of suicides and, consequently, of the struggle for the land of traditional fought occupation by indigenous people since the start of the second half of the 20th century.