Munduruku Indians will try to gain audience with President of the Supreme Court

Munduruku Indians will try to gain audience with President of the Supreme Court

About 150 members of the ethnicity they will March to the headquarters of the Supreme in the morning this Friday

June 6, 2013 | 11:25 pm
Alex Filho Valmar-O Estado de s. Paulo

SAO PAULO-The 150 Munduruku ethnic Indians who are in Brasilia to protest against the construction of the Belo Monte hydroelectric plants and on the bed of the rio Tapajós will follow at 10:0 in the morning of Friday, 7, to the seat of the Supreme Court (STF). They are intended to be received by the President of the Court, Joaquim Barbosa.

 

“We are confident that we will be received by the Minister and that the Constitution of 1988 will be respected,” said the native leader Josias Paygomatpu.

The decision was taken in the House late on Thursday, hours after trying, unsuccessfully, to enter the National Congress. The Indians stayed for about three hours on the lawn in front of the building, waiting for an audience with the President Dilma Rousseff.

The Indians wanted to deliver a letter questioning whether the position defended by them will be respected by the federal Government.

“We request an official manifestation of the Brazilian Government to declare whether or not respected our final decision binding and autonomous way on the proposed consultation process,” said the text signed by cacique-general Kabaremuybu. In the letter, filed at the registry of the Presidency of the Republic late on Wednesday, the Indians require “is what is written in the 1988 Federal Constitution, which guarantees the indigenous social organization, US Customs, languages, beliefs and traditions.”

The Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic issued a note on the afternoon of Thursday in which States that “the query will be, in a participative manner” and agreed between the federal Government and the indigenous peoples, on a “process with planning steps, information, dialogue and consultation”.

Signed by the Chief Minister of the General Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic, Gilberto Carvalho, the letter states that “the query results should focus and be considered by the federal Government in the final decision, in order to reconcile and ensure the rights of indigenous peoples and all other segments of Brazilian society”.

http://www.estadao.com.br/noticias/nacional,indios-munduruku-vao-tentar-audiencia-com-presidente-do-stf,1039699,0.htm

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