Indigenous people, Funai employees and activists will hold this Tuesday (9) a national act for the resumption of the Foundation’s indigenous mission; for the investigations into the murders of Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira, murdered two months ago in Vale do Javari, and of fellow indigenist Maxciel Pereira dos Santos, whose murder, in 2019, remains unanswered to this day. The protesters also ask for the departure of the current president of Funai, Marcelo Xavier.
“We have been holding weekly vigils for two months demanding the resumption of Funai by indigenous people and career servants and against the political apparatus. The current administration follows the Bolsonaro government’s anti-indigenous and anti-indigenist guidebook,” explained Mônica Carneiro, from the board of the Federal District Public Servants Union (Sindsep).
The act is national, being carried out simultaneously in all Funai units in the country on August 9, the date on which the International Day of Indigenous Peoples is celebrated. In Brasília, the act is being held on the lawn in front of Funai, in the South Commercial Sector.
In the morning, participants read a manifesto in defense of Funai and indigenous peoples. “We know that in order to reverse the anti-indigenous and anti-indigenous orientation of the current Funai administration, we need to maintain constant pressure and vigilance”, says an excerpt from the document.
Auricélia Arapiun, coordinator of the Tapajós and Arapiuns Indigenous Committee (CITA), said that the current management of Funai, aligned with the Federal Government, promotes a policy of destruction, facilitating the entry of miners, traffickers and other criminals into indigenous lands. “Even with all Bolsonaro’s attempts to kill indigenous peoples, she failed. And it failed because of the strength of the indigenous movement,” she said.
Cleber Karipuna, grassroots indigenous leader of the Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB), drew attention to the fact that the dismantling could be even more serious until the end of the current government. “We will remain firm in this resistance because we still have a long period in which they can try, depending on the result that we will have on October 2, to put an end to the indigenous policy even more, processing and passing proposals in the National Congress against indigenous peoples” .
Bruno, Dom and Max
Indigenist Bruno Pereira and journalist Dom Phillips were ambushed and killed on June 5, while traveling by boat through the Vale do Javari region. Located near the Brazilian border with Peru and Colombia, the region is home to the Vale do Javari Indigenous Land, the second largest in the country, with more than 8.5 million hectares (each hectare corresponds, approximately, to an official soccer field). ). The area is also home to the largest number of isolated or newly contacted indigenous peoples in the world.
:: Droughts and famine can be reasons for the approach of isolated indigenous people in Vale do Javari ::
Maxciel Pereira dos Santos, also an indigenist, was killed in 2019 with two shots in one of the main avenues of Tabatinga (AM). The case has not been resolved to this day.
The vigil for indigenous people and Funai employees will be held throughout the day. In addition to speeches and demands, a cultural program will also be held.
According to the organization, between 18:00 and 20:30 there will be artistic and cultural presentations for the participants.
Source: BdF Distrito Federal
Editing: Flavia Quirino