Camped at the University, Indians await decision on land in Sidrolândia

Camped at the University, Indians await decision on land in Sidrolândia

6/6/2013-2:47 pm

Luciano Birth Brazil Agency reporter

 

 

Campo Grande-the approximately 500 participants of the March of indigenous peoples, landless farmworkers and Maroons – which left the town of Anhaduí, about 50 km from the capital South-mato-grossense-arrived this morning (6) to Campo Grande and are camped at the Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul (UFMS).

Protesters await the outcome of the meeting of representatives of Indians terenas with the Ministers of Justice, José Eduardo Cardozo and the General Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic, Gilberto Carvalho on the situation of indigenous lands in Sidrolândia (MS), where the conflict occurred which resulted in the death of the Indian Oziel Gabriel and where, last Tuesday (4), the Indian Rashid Gabriel Alves was shot during attempted occupation of a farm in the region. The meeting is scheduled for the 3:0 pm.

“We are waiting for the outcome of this meeting in Brasilia. We want to hear and seek those who defend our rights. The Government needs to get out of the fence and say that we too are Brazilians and work for us, “said the Brazil Agency the Member of State direction of the landless workers Movement and India terena Tiliana Brunetto. According to her, after the result of the meeting, protesters will assess whether remain camped at the University.

The March is part of the movement called Rounds fighting Unit in Mato Grosso do Sul, which brought together initially around 1,000 people. Organized by social movements, the snake the demarcation of indigenous lands and Maroons, as well as land reform. They charge even the determination of the death of Prince Gabriel, terena Indian on May 30.

“We have come here to yell the name of Prince who was killed because of the delay in the demarcation of indigenous lands. That land has a history. It is of our ancestors and was recognized by Funai, just missing the Government approve [it], “said the Indian Elvis Terena. According to him, around the State, 298 Indians were killed, in recent years because of land tenure conflicts.

Tomorrow (7), the protesters plan to do an act in the city centre with the presence of parliamentarians connected to the field. The demonstration is scheduled for 10:0. According to the Federation of agriculture and livestock of Mato Grosso do Sul (Famasul), only in Sidrolândia and Aquidauana there are 13 farms occupied since mid-1980. Across the State, the number reaches 65.

Editing: Rachel Chandler

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