The City of Sidrolândia in the western state of Mato Grosso do Sul has witnessed clashes between farmers and more than 300 indigenous workers.

The Terena tribe has occupied several farms in the region, claiming that the Government has demarcated all indigenous lands and agrarian reform. Farmers are leaving the land taking their cattle for fear of greater conflicts and the loss of property.

It was on this farm last week that the biggest confrontation occurred between the Indians and police, resulting in the death of an Indian. Days later, in a new confrontation, a member of the tribe, Josiel Alves was shot in the back by the police and now is lying in a hospital bed not knowing what his future will be. The Federal Government has sent ?110 National Guard troops to work together with Police to defuse tension ?and reestablish the negotiations. ?But the Indians don’t seem to back up of their decision.

Meanwhile a group of tribe members marched for 70 kilometers in protest toward the State Capital. They also threatened to occupy the State University.

To make matters worse the head of Brazil's Indian affairs agency, Funai, has resigned, after the agency have come under heavy criticism for not having complete control on the indigenous.

This land dispute between indigenous people and farmers has been going on since 1928. At this time a total of 65 farms are occupied in the State, which is a considerable worsening of the situation. To avoid additional confrontations, the Federal Government intervened and worked out a 15 days truce between the parties, until the Courts decide the issue. In the meantime, the National Guard is on alert.


Responses to "Brazil sends army to defuse tensions between indigenous and ranchers (Video)"

  1. Anonymous says:

    It seems the "rich" in poorer countries are emulating the behavior of the rich in England and America by taking the land from the Indians like every other invading country which has taken land away from indigenous peoples around the world by force. It's a common theme around the world...and in history...

  2. gWa says:

    ;—{› SHAME

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  4. Anonymous says:

    It doesn't help that the Brazilian government is working against the Guarani people and in favor of the ranchers. The ethanol is the almighty commodity in Brazil and the sugarcane is the gold.

  5. Anonymous says:

    That land was there before any structure or government, was formed. These people gave some of the land on their free will, that was plenty. Now they want to keep the rest it belongs to them, and they shouldn't have to fight for it ever. Whats their is their and no Court should give the authority to take it, were not in old times. The Treaties are still in place there too, respect them, respect their land and move on.
    Stephen Fortune

  6. Anonymous says:

    its time for change, now is the time idle no more

  7. Anonymous says:

    Idle No More!

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