May 11, 2021

Brazil Amazon: Deadly shootout as illegal miners enter indigenous land

Three illegal miners have been killed in a shootout that erupted after they entered an indigenous area in the Brazilian Amazon, local leaders say. An estimated 20,000 illegal gold miners are in the Yanomami area, Brazil's largest protected indigenous reserve. The far-right president, a critic of the size of the indigenous reserves, has promised to open some of them to agriculture and mining. Transcripts of audio messages shared in groups used by illegal miners and published by the non-profit group Instituto Socioambiental suggest the community was attacked after they seized petrol that was to be sent to a mining camp. Mining camps, once located in areas deep in the jungle, were getting closer to indigenous villages, increasing the risk of conflict, it added.

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