Agribusiness generates fear and deaths in community in Indigenous Land

Two dead and three missing were the result of a conflict in the Serrinha indigenous land, in the North of Rio Grande do Sul, on Saturday (16). According to complaints made by community residents, of the Kaingang ethnic group, the two dead were from 12 families who had a position contrary to that of chief Marciano Claudino on the lease of the reserve land to agribusiness producers.

Attorney Jucemara Beltrame, from the Association of Lawyers and Lawyers for Democracy, Justice and Citizenship (ADJC/RS), called by leaders on Friday (15), said that the discussion has dragged on since 2019, when the Federal Public Ministry made the Both sides signed a Conduct Adjustment Term (TAC), which had not been complied with.

According to the TAC, the result of the lease should be accountable to the entire community, which would not be happening. There are reports of threats to those who disagreed.

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On September 24, the following entities that support the communities of native peoples in Rio Grande do Sul sent a letter to the Public Ministry and the Federal Police warning about the situation in the reserve: Lawyers and Lawyers Association for Democracy, Justice and Citizenship (ADJC/ LOL); Brazilian Association of Jurists for Democracy – Rio Grande do Sul (ABJD/RS); Association of Jurists for Democracy (AJURD); Indigenous Missionary Council (Cimi); National Network of Popular Lawyers – Rio Grande do Sul (RENAP/RS) .

However, according to Jucemara, nothing was done.

This Monday (18), the Federal Police moved men to the region where they say they have started to protect local families. Also on Saturday, the Kaingang Institute, an NGO located within the reserve, released an official statement repudiating all existing violence and denouncing the chief.

council of elders complains

According to the council of elders of the Kaingang ethnic group, Marciano Claudino, who is the son of the former chief of the reserve, could not have assumed the post because he is the son of a Kaingang father and a white mother. According to customs, only Kaingang chiefs can be the children of ethnic fathers and mothers.

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The statement from the Kaingang Institute (INKA) denounces: “Episodes of open and deliberate violence of an internal political nature in the Serrinha Indigenous Land have been going on for months, aggravated by the death of chief Ronaldo Claudino in July 2020, although many measures have been taken. taken in the form of accusations made by the victims of these acts, either by the media, by the popular outcry of indigenous people during that time or by the legal and legal action against these forces, in addition to alerting organizations such as Funai, Federal Public Ministry, Federal Justice and others have been declared, the violence and truculence of the internal political power are still imposing themselves in the Serrinha Indigenous Land, where INKA’s own headquarters there already show signs of depredation.”

In addition to the expulsion of families and the deaths, which took place on Saturday, two houses and two vehicles were set on fire. Even with policing that only arrived this Monday, the climate was one of terror in the community, informed Vãngri Kaingang, a writer, illustrator, artisan and artist, who lives in Serrinha.

Source: BdF Rio Grande do Sul

Edition: Marcelo Ferreira

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