COIAB, the Coordination of Indigenous Organizations of the Brazilian Amazon
COIAB, the Coordination of Indigenous Organizations of the Brazilian Amazon, released a statement expressing its outrage about the invasions of indigenous territories, which it says are “encouraged by the irresponsible, authoritarian and prejudiced stance of the current government – especially President Bolsonaro – and its attack on the rights of this country’s first peoples.”
The Guarani people of central-western Brazil said, “We invite everybody to fight alongside indigenous peoples against the genocidal attack which is currently underway, and which has been reactivated by the current government.”
Stephen Corry, Director of Survival International, said: “President Bolsonaro’s recent comments on opening up indigenous territories to mining are emboldening illegal goldminers and other invaders. He has virtually declared war on Brazil’s indigenous peoples. They, and their allies around the world, will not stop fighting back.”
Survival International is condemning the illegal invasion of the Wajãpi territory by goldminers and calling on the government to evict them and bring them to justice.