Acoes Provocativas

outubro 09, 2003

8 October 2003
Embargoed until 12 October 2003

10-YEAR-OLD IS LATEST VICTIM IN WAVE OF INDIAN MURDERS

KILLING OF SOUTH AMERICAN INDIANS ESCALATES

South America celebrates Columbus Day on Sunday 12 October - only
days after a ten-year-old Brazilian Indian became the latest victim
in a spate of killings and persecution of South American Indians.

Junior Reis Loureiro was found dead on 22 September, with signs of
strangulation on his body. He is the latest of twenty-one Brazilian
Indians murdered since Luiz Inácio 'Lula' da Silva took over the
presidency in January 2003, most of them due to conflicts over land.

In Colombia, 118 Indians have been killed in the first half of 2003.
Many of these murders took place in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta,
where a group of tourists, including one Briton, is currently held
captive by left-wing guerrillas.

In Paraguay, bulldozers illegally invaded the land of the
Ayoreo-Totobiegosode tribe of the Chaco region at the end of
September. The Totobiegosode, who are nomadic hunter-gatherers, are
seeing their last refuge squeezed from all sides. Ibore, a
Totobiegosode woman who came out of the forest in 1998, and whose
relatives are still uncontacted, remembers the first time she saw
bulldozers approaching: 'We left all our things behind us and ran and
ran.'

Survival's director Stephen Corry said today, 'It is a crime that
more than five centuries after their lands were first invaded, South
America's indigenous people are still being killed, and in such large
numbers. Only when their rights to their land are respected will
these atrocities stop.'

Published by Survival International
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