MS-Indigenous Terena resume four farms, roughnecks attack and fear of farmers

MS-Indigenous Terena resume four farms, roughnecks attack and fear of farmers

By racismoambiental, 5/17/2013 20:49 

“While we wrote this letter, many farmers from all over the State of Mato Grosso do Sul are with their trucks forcing to enter the occupation. Roughnecks and heavily armed security guards are around us and teasing. If they spilled our blood, it is the fault of the farmers and the Government which does not give a just in this violence “

 

Uma de três imagens encontradas - e entregues à Polícia Federal - no telefone celular de um dos jagunços rendido pelos indígenas na retomada da sede da fazenda Querência São José

Ruy Sposati, Sidrolândia (MS)

 

About 500 indigenous Terena retook four farms that focused on the Buriti, indigenous land in the town of Sidrolandia, State of Mato Grosso do Sul, 70 km from Campo Grande. They claim the demarcation of territory of 17 thousand hectares, declared traditional indigenous occupation by an Ordinance of the Ministry of Justice in 2010. Until the resumed, the Indians held possession of only 3 thousand.

 

“The other 14 thousand hectares are occupied by 25 farms”, claim the Terena in a letter released on Friday, 17. According to the document, about 5 thousand people live confined in 3 thousand hectares of land, no space for planting. “We take these lands because they are our and because we don’t have land to plant. Our people plan a lot, “they argue. The picture above was taken from the cell phone of one of the roughnecks from one of the farms taken over. Date of March 28 this year. He trains shooting at the offices of the farm San Jose. Querencia

 

The owner of the farm Buriti, the State Deputy Ricardo Bacha, filed application for repossession against the Indians. The Court decided in favour of the farmer, calling the Federal Police to carry out the evacuation of the area. The Indians fear that the dump is forced during the weekend by soldiers of the Special Military Police platoon. Worries also to be notified of reintegration in the other three farms: Cambará, Saint Helena and São José Querencia-the latter abandoned for years, according to the Terena.

 

Outra das três imagens encontradas - e entregues à Polícia Federal - no telefone celular de um dos jagunços rendido pelos indígenas na retomada da sede da fazenda Querência São José

A violent reaction on the part of farmers and roughnecks is also expected by Terena. “While we wrote this letter, many farmers from all over the State of Mato Grosso do Sul are with their trucks forcing to enter the occupation. Roughnecks and heavily armed security guards are around us and teasing. If they spilled our blood, it is the fault of the farmers and the Government which does not give a just in this violence, “says the document.

 

In the document, the Terena críticam amendments to the Constitution, the National Congress, and the Ordinance of the federal Government: “we have heard the federal Government’s response to our demands: Decree 303, PEC 215, intervention in Funai and orchestrations to halt land demarcation processes”

 
The Community claims that do not come out of the Earth, even with repossession. “We shot, arrested, beaten and dumped many times. But here we’ll stay “, concludes the letter. Read here the anthropological, archaeological and historical expertise requested by the Federal Court and carried out by experts Jorge Eremites de Oliveira and Levi Majid about the indigenous land Buriti. Below, the letter disclosed by Terena.
 

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Foto: Ruy Sposati

 

Terena letter to society: because we are retaking our territory Buriti

 

We are the Earth’s Indigenous Terena people Buriti. More than 100 years ago, we were expelled from here by the white man’s ambition. 15 years ago we fight to retake our traditional territory.

 

In this fight we were again expelled from our land in many occasions. Now they want to expel us once again. We write this letter to explain to society because we are fighting for our land, because we accept the return of our territory.

 

Today, we are 5 thousand people confined in less than half a hectare each. Of the 17 thousand hectares declared territory traditionally occupied by us Terena in 2010 by the federal Government, we have the possession of just 3 thousand. The other 14 thousand hectares are occupied by 25 farms.

 

This week, we take the Buriti farm, fazenda Cambará, fazenda Santa Helena and the seat of San Jose, Querencia farm abandoned for years-all on our territory.

 

We take these lands because they are our and because we don’t have land to plant.

 

Our people very plant. In our resume, we have 350 hectares planted to cassava, corn, potatoes, string bean, sugar cane, pumpkin, watermelon, eucalyptus, maxixe and banana. This is how we live and work. You can imagine how it would be more than a century without their land? This is how we are.

 

All WINS that we conquered were the fruit of our struggle, our resume. We know that it’s not enough to be waiting for the goodwill of a Government that cedes all pressures of the farmers. We have already heard the federal Government’s response to our demands: Decree 303, PEC 215, intervention in Funai and orchestrations to halt land demarcation processes.

 

With government support, farmers increasingly are organizing. While we wrote this letter, many farmers from all over the State of Mato Grosso do Sul are with their trucks forcing to enter the occupation. Roughnecks and heavily armed security guards are around us and teasing. If they have shed our blood, it is the fault of the farmers and the Government which does not give a just in this violence.

 

We say farmers and their gunmen: we are also organized. All people of Mato Grosso do Sul are together in the same fight, and we call all patricians and relatives to help us now in this struggle for life. By land for all of our children.

 

We want to free our lands and marked. We will resume our lands hectare per hectare. Have been shot, jailed, beaten and dumped many times. But here we’ll stay. This is our speech.

 

Buriti  indigenous land,  May 17, 2013

 
 

Foto: Ruy Sposati

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Ruy Sposati Communications Advisor/Media Coordinator Indigenous Missionary Council (Cimi)- cimi.org.br Regional State of Mato Grosso do Sul-Brazil 

tel: +55 (67) 3384.5551 mobile: +55 (67) 9944.8633 skype: ruysposati

 

Guarani- campanhaguarani.org campaign /CampanhaGuarani facebook.com

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