Last Wednesday 11, the Federal Police and the Ministry of Labor and Employment found and rescued two workers living in conditions analogous to slavery on Fazenda Primavera, which borders the Indigenous Land (IT) Apyterewa, in São Félix do Xingu , in the Brazilian state of Pará.
The farm belongs to the vice mayor of Tucumã (Pará), Wanderley Dias Vieira (Social Democratic Party), who was not there at the time of the operation. The Brazilian Federal Police opened an investigation to investigate the case, and the auditors of the Ministry of Labor notified the politician, who must present a series of documents to the body.
In addition to Fazenda Primavera, Vieira is a majority partner of the Santo Agostinho Hospital and Maternity, located in Tucumã, and also has pending matters with the Union. He has a tax debt of R$377 thousand (approx. 74 thousand USD), of which R$294 thousand (approx. 58 thousand USD) are debits referring to the social security of the workers who provide services to his company.
Before the Superior Electoral Court, Vieira declared that he had R$ 1.1 million (approx. 216.5 thousand USD) in assets. In addition to the 50% stake in the Santo Agostinho Hospital and Maternity, the vice mayor of Tucumã indicated that he owns land, without specifying whether it is the Fazenda Primavera, hospital equipment and a savings account with R$ 146 thousand (approx. 29 thousand USD).
In the same operation, the Federal Police arrested a 32-year-old man, of whom only the initials of his name were disclosed: ENL. The police said that the detainee has six outstanding arrest warrants, all issued by the Court of Justice of the State of Rio de Janeiro (TJ-RJ) for robbery. A year ago, the man worked at Fazenda Primavera as a cowboy and tractor driver.
Brasil de Fato contacted Vieira and the space will be open if he decides to speak out.
Since October 2 this year, the National Foundation of Indigenous Peoples (FUNAI), together with the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Agrarian Development and INCRA, have been working on Operation Desintrusion of the Apyterewa and Trincheira Bacajá Indigenous Lands, approved in 2007 and
The operation consists of expelling all non-indigenous peoples from the territories, so that the lands are returned in their entirety to the indigenous peoples. Until now, the so-called “disintrusion” has occurred peacefully and without reactions from the invaders.
The territory inhabited by the Parakanã people was the most deforested IT in Brazil during the years of the government of Jair Bolsonaro (Liberal Party), according to satellite data from Imazon.
Edited by: Nadini Lopes and Rodrigo Durão Coelho