News: May 4, 2013-08:25
NATIONAL FORCE REMAINS FOR MORE 120 DAYS in MATO GROSSO DO SUL to SUPPORT THE FUNAI IN OPERATION GUARANI-KAIOWÁ
The National Force will remain in strengthening the security of indigenous communities in the State of Mato Grosso do Sul for over 120 days.Land conflicts involving Indians and farmers in Mato Grosso do Sul leads the Ministry of Justice to maintain National strength in the State for over 120 days. In addition, the National Force will now support the National Indian Foundation (FUNAI), Guarani, operation to ensure security in the areas in dispute.The National Force will remain in strengthening the security of indigenous communities in the State of Mato Grosso do Sul for over 120 days. The determination came from the Ministry of Justice due to the climate of unrest in the State that has recorded followed conflicts involving Indians and farmers. The land demarcation process creep in court and the situation only gets worse.In Mato Grosso do Sul National strength will remain in support of FUNAI in Guarani Operation that aims to bring security to the Indians mostly in the areas in dispute. Today there are at least 38 in lands claimed by the Guarani-Kaiowá. Many of them live in camps in the southern region of the State where the weather is extreme tension.Of the areas in dispute in that the problem is most critical rural properties are located in the border region with Paraguay, where the natives maintains the occupations. And it is precisely this region Guarani Operation target. The National force teams will carry out rounds with a larger attention to places where there have been clashes and even murders of Indians and farmers.For the regional FUNAI Coordinator of Ponta Porã, Silvio Raimundo da Silva, the permanence of the National Force in the State and with an action now more directed to solving this impasse, brings greater security for both the Indians and farmers.” They are there just to prevent that violence does not happen, we have a FUNAI working together, National and Federal Police Force, so that this work hinged to prevent situations of violence, as we have had in previous occasions in the region,” says Silvio Raimundo. The National Force was directed to improving safety in Indian areas by the Ministry of Justice in 2010, from there forth teams have supported the other cops for overt actions in villages and camps. In an area at the back of the Bororo village in Dourados, one of the poorest and most violent of Mato Grosso do Sul live 24 Guarani-Kaiowá families. They came from other villages in the State and await the demarcation in precarious conditions: under canvas and shacks without treated water. “One day we have the mix, another day has not, we need to create, create, create some animals, to be able to sustain what we planted. We don’t want the land for planting and have money, but to live and support our children, because our indigenous people depends on many plants that we planted, “says Gilda Riquelme Lopes, indigenous leader. In visit to MS, at the beginning of this week the President Dilma Rousseff, can see the severity of land conflicts involving Indians and farmers, producers of several municipalities in the State, which must occur demarcations, protested asking the right guarantee the productive land and peace in the field.
(In collaboration with Lia walnut, MS Record TV)