COPS in Brazil are investigating claims 10 members of a remote Amazonian tribe were hacked to death by ruthless gold miners out to seize their land.
A complaint has been filed with prosecutors in South America after the alleged killers went into a bar and bragged about what they had done.
It’s reported they were showing off a hand-carved paddle they claimed they had taken from the tribe based near the Colombian border.“It was crude bar talk,” said Leila Silvia Burger Sotto-Maior, of the Brazilian agency on indigenous affairs (Funai).
“They even bragged about cutting up the bodies and throwing them in the river,” she said.The miners, she said, claimed that “they had to kill them or be killed.”Ms Sotto-Maior said the brutal killings were reported to have taken place last month.
The prosecutor in charge of the case, Pablo Luz de Beltrand, confirmed that an investigation had begun.He said the episode was alleged to have occurred in the Javari Valley – the second-largest indigenous reserve in Brazil.
“These tribes are uncontacted – even Funai has only sporadic information about them. So it’s difficult work that requires all government departments working together,” said Beltrand.He revealed it was the second slaughter he was investigating this year.The first reported killing of uncontacted Indians in the region occurred in February.
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