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‘lost’ Amazon tribals are ‘killed, chopped up and thrown in river by Gold miners

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‘lost’ Amazon tribals are ‘killed, chopped up and thrown in river by Gold miners
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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.

An isolated Amazonian tribe discovered near the Peruvian border in Brazil

An isolated Amazonian tribe discovered near the Peruvian border in Brazil

More than 50 indigenous people were killed in Brazil in the first six months of 2017

More than 50 indigenous people were killed in Brazil in the first six months of 2017

The miners are said to have been desperate to seize the tribe’s gold-filled land

The miners are said to have been desperate to seize the tribe’s gold-filled land

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.

The attack is said to have to happened in the Javari Valley

The attack is said to have to happened in the Javari Valley

Land disputes are to blame for most mass tribal killings

Land disputes are to blame for most mass tribal killings

Survival International, an indigenous rights group, warned that given the small sizes of the tribes, this latest episode could mean that a significant percentage of a remote ethnic group was wiped out.

“If the investigation confirms the reports, it will be yet another genocidal massacre resulting directly from the Brazilian government’s failure to protect isolated tribes,” said Sarah Shenker, a senior campaigner with the rights group.

With land disputes on the rise in many remote areas of Brazil, indigenous groups, rural workers and land activists have all been targeted by violence.

More than 50 people had been killed as of the end of July, compared with 61 in all of 2016, according to the Land Pastoral Commission.

The Sun

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