RESISTING THE GENOCIDE: THE INDIGENOUS STRUGGLE IN BRAZIL>>
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The genocide of the indigenous peoples of Brazil began when the Portuguese colonised the country back in the 1500s. Today, with ultra conservative policies put in place by president Jair Bolsonaro, and his party PSL, indigenous communities are mobilising to resist against policies that seek to weaken, and potentially wipe communities off the map.
I headed to the Piaçaguera indigenous land, located only an hour and a half from São Paulo - Latin America's biggest city -, with a camera and a microphone to listen firsthand to what the community had to say.
The indigenous struggle against Brazil's far-right policies isn't to be taken for granted. On a daily basis, indigenous people from Piaçaguera are not only threatened by big corporations that attempt to suspend the official indigenous land demarcation to put forward commercial plans, they're also threatened by civilians who physically and verbally abuse members of the tribes. A behavioural trend that seems to have been galvanised by Bolsonaro's hate rhetoric.
As of the beginning of the year, his government has taken the responsibility for indigenous land demarcation away from FUNAI, the Indigenous affairs department, and giving it to the Agriculture Ministry, opening up room for their land to more easily exploited.
However, the people from Piaçaguera - and all indigenous communities across Brazil - stand together to preserve their rights and traditions in the current scenario.
This project has been shared extensively by global indigenous support associations.