Discussion of proposal that transfers to the Congress power to demarcate indigenous lands is deferred

Discussion of proposal that transfers to the Congress power to demarcate indigenous lands is deferred

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Indigenous Peoples

Mayor promises to create Commission negotiating with indigenous participation. Protesters occupy the House and some are beaten by security guards. Government signals it will not press Allied base to prevent approval of proposal

After nearly 12 hours of negotiations and protests in the Chamber, indigenous leaders and partisan arrived yesterday an agreement to postpone at least until August, the installation of the Special Committee that will discuss the PEC (proposed constitutional amendment) 215/2000.

The project transfers to Congress the authority to approve the demarcation (Indian lands), which today is the federal Government. In the evaluation of indigenous organizations and indigenous, if approved, it will mean, in practice, the order of new demarcations.

Manifestantes ocupam plenário da Câmara.|Gustavo Lima Agência Câmara

Protesters occupy the plenary Chamber.

According to the agreement, the Mayor, Henrique Alves (PMDB-RN), undertook to set up a Committee to discuss the PEC and all projects in course in dealing with indigenous rights. The Board will be composed of parliamentarians, Indians and Government representatives. Its exact composition, schedule and duration of operation have not yet been defined.

At the meeting where the setting was closed last night, leaders of the PSB, PDT, PT, PSDB, PSC and PSOL promised do not indicate members to the Commission, which can make your installation. The PV had already decided not to do.

The creation of the Commission to assess the PEC had been decided, at a meeting between party leaders and Alves, in the fourth (11/4), days before the Week of the Indian. Yesterday, the parties would indicate their representatives and thus sacramentariam your installation. The leader of the PT, Deputy José Guimarães (EC), arrived to sign the application for the establishment of the collegiate, but backtracked.

During the campaign for President, Henrique Alves would have promised to install the Special Committee rural bench.

Alves ouve pedidos de arquivamento de projetos de Sônia Guajajara (com microfone).|J. Batista Agência Câmara

Alves hears requests for project archiving of Sonia Guajajara (with microphone).

Impasse and turmoil

At the end of yesterday afternoon, the negotiations have reached an impasse: the Indians refused the proposal of party leaders to suspend the implementation of the Committee for 45 days.

After turning the Green Chamber Hall in a large wheel of songs and dances, the protesters occupied the House. Some were beaten by security guards amid the turmoil, but nothing was destroyed (see video below). The location was only emptied after Alves persuade the Indians trying to close an agreement in his Cabinet.

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More than 300 Indians participated in the mobilization to demand the filing of PEC 215 and other projects, such as the PEC 38/1999, which gives the Senate the competence of demarcations, and PL (Bill) 1,610/1996, allowing mining in TIs. The protesters also demanded the repeal of Decree 303 of AGU (Solicitor-General), which restricts Aboriginal land rights and limits new demarcations.

The protests are part of the Indigenous April, that occurs for more than six years and that, in this year, meets in Brasilia about 700 indigenous 73 people, from all regions of the Country, until the next Friday.

“We’re not naive to think that only the Congress that attacks the indigenous rights. There is an orchestration of the Government and of other powers against those rights. There is connivance of the Presidency of the Republic “, criticised Sonia Guajajara, head Mrs. so’s Assistant of Coiab (coordination of indigenous organizations of the Brazilian Amazon).

Mais de 300 indígenas de todo Brasil protestaram na Câmara.|Luis Macedo Agência Câmara

More than 300 indigenous peoples from all over Brazil protested in the Chamber.

The indigenous leaders ensure that, even with the installation of the negotiating Commission, will continue fighting for the archiving of the PEC 215 and other projects that threaten their rights.

Division of the base

Regardless of the outcome of negotiations, the head of Government, Mr Arlindo Chinaglia (PT-SP), signaled that the plateau should not put the team on the field to prevent the approval of PEC 215.

“There is a difference between the position of the Executive and of the parties which support the Government. For sure, there will be divergence between the parties on this issue, “he said. “PEC, as any legislative initiative, we know how to get, but not how it ends,” he said.

“This bad start already to the PEC indigenous peoples and hardly will end better,” contrasts Adriana Ramos, Executive Secretary of the ISA.

Manifestantes transformaram Salão Verde em roda de cantos e danças. |Luís Macedo Agência Câmara

Chinaglia assessed that the manifestation of the Indians in the House, criticized by rural, Workbench can be used by it as a pretext to radicalize the defense of indigenous rights proposals.

Mr insisted Lula administration initiatives include, as the explosion of YOU Fox-Serra do Sol (RR), as examples of Government actions in defence of indigenous rights.

“It seems that there is a dialogue within the Government and Government with their base,” said Father Ton (PT-RO), Coordinator of the parliamentary front in defense of indigenous peoples. He admitted that the Government of Dilma Rousseff shows an ambiguous position on the issue.

The Congressman said he was surprised and disappointed with the attitude of their leader to sign the request for creation of the Commission of the PEC 215. He criticized the Decree 303 of AGU and the Federal Decree 7,957/2013, which authorized the use of military forces to ensure the realization of studies of hydroelectric projects. The standard basis for sending National force to an area inhabited by Munduruku Indians, in Pará.

Oswaldo Barratt
ISA

Manifestantes ocupam plenário da Câmara.|Gustavo Lima Agência Câmara

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Manifestantes ocupam plenário da Câmara.|Gustavo Lima Agência Câmara

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Protesters occupy the House plenary.Gustavo Lima House Agency

Alves ouve pedidos de arquivamento de projetos de Sônia Guajajara (com microfone).|J. Batista Agência Câmara

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Alves ouve pedidos de arquivamento de projetos de Sônia Guajajara (com microfone).|J. Batista Agência Câmara

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Adam hears requests for project archiving of Sonia Guajajara (with microphone). |J. Bailey House Agency

Mais de 300 indígenas de todo Brasil protestaram na Câmara.|Luis Macedo Agência Câmara

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Mais de 300 indígenas de todo Brasil protestaram na Câmara.|Luis Macedo Agência Câmara

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More than 300 indigenous peoples from all over Brazil protested in the Chamber. Luis M Camera Agency

Manifestantes transformaram Salão Verde em roda de cantos e danças. |Luís Macedo Agência Câmara

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Manifestantes transformaram Salão Verde em roda de cantos e danças. |Luís Macedo Agência Câmara

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Protesters have turned green wheel Lounge songs and dances. |Louis M Camera Agency

Henrique Alves apela aos manifestantes para saírem do plenário da Câmara. Foto: J. Batista / Agência Câmara

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Henrique Alves apela aos manifestantes para saírem do plenário da Câmara. Foto: J. Batista / Agência Câmara

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Henry Adams calls on protesters to come out of the plenary Chamber. Photo: J. Batista/Camera Agency

Indígenas protestam no Salão Verde. Foto: Oswaldo Braga de Souza / ISA

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Indígenas protestam no Salão Verde. Foto: Oswaldo Braga de Souza / ISA

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Indigenous protest in the Hall. Photo: Oswaldo Barratt/ISA

Índios Xavante dançam no auditório onde manifestantes reúniram-se. Zeca Ribeiro / ISA

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Índios Xavante dançam no auditório onde manifestantes reúniram-se. Zeca Ribeiro / ISA

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Xavante Indians dancing in the auditorium where protesters reúniram. Zeca Ribeiro/ISA

Manifestantes ocupam plenário da Câmara.|Gustavo Lima Agência Câmara   Alves ouve pedidos de arquivamento de projetos de Sônia Guajajara (com microfone).|J. Batista Agência Câmara  Mais de 300 indígenas de todo Brasil protestaram na Câmara.|Luis Macedo Agência Câmara  Manifestantes transformaram Salão Verde em roda de cantos e danças. |Luís Macedo Agência Câmara  Henrique Alves apela aos manifestantes para saírem do plenário da Câmara. Foto: J. Batista / Agência Câmara  Indígenas protestam no Salão Verde. Foto: Oswaldo Braga de Souza / ISA  Índios Xavante dançam no auditório onde manifestantes reúniram-se. Zeca Ribeiro / ISA

~http://www.socioambiental.org/pt-br/noticias-socioambientais/discussao-de-proposta-que-transfere-ao-congresso-poder-de-demarcar-terras

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 ~Table of Indigenous Rights projects ~ http://issuu.com/instituto-socioambiental/docs/proposicoes_que_ameacam_direitos_te

~ Manifesto of this mmobilization ~ http://issuu.com/instituto-socioambiental/docs/manifesto_abril_indigena_2013_0

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