Feb 26, 2021

Amazon rainforest plots sold via Facebook Marketplace ads

"The land invaders feel very empowered to the point that they are not ashamed of going on Facebook to make illegal land deals," said Ivaneide Bandeira, head of environmental NGO Kanindé. Many of the sellers openly admit they do not have a land title, the only document which proves ownership of land under Brazilian law. At the meeting, Mr Alves claimed: "There are no Indians [sic] there. From where my land is, they are 50km [31 miles] away. I am not going to tell you that at one time or another they are not walking around." Another factor driving the illegal land market is the expectation of amnesty. The land grabbers can then officially buy the plots from the government, thereby legalising their claims.

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