More than 6,000 indigenous people occupied Praça dos Três

More than 6,000 indigenous people participated in a vigil at Praça dos Três Poderes in Brasília, in protest against the thesis of the time frame. They are protesters who have been camped in the federal capital since Sunday, to follow the vote on the issue at the Supreme Court (STF).

The thesis argues that land demarcation should only be carried out if the people making the request were occupying the territory on October 5, 1988, the date of promulgation of the Federal Constitution.

This Tuesday afternoon, the group took a walk of more than two kilometers between the camp site – at Praça da Cidadania, next to the National Theater – and the region where the Supreme Court and the National Congress are located. Thousands of people crowded all the tracks of the Monumental Axis.

In front of the National Congress, the peoples condemned the anti-indigenous agenda underway in the legislature and the federal government. With banners, posters and dances they called for protection of the territories and the impeachment of President Jair Bolsonaro.

The main target is the Bill 490, from 2007, which also determines the time frame and goes beyond, transferring the decision-making power over demarcation processes to parliamentarians. The text has already had the approval of the Constitution and Justice Committee of the Chamber of Deputies, but it still needs to be voted on in plenary.

Afterwards, they went to the front of the STF, where they stayed until the night period. The court should put the thesis of the timeframe on the agenda this Wednesday (25). The groups that are camped in Brasília will follow the vote.

The camping

The national mobilization “Struggle for Life” brings together more than 170 communities. Grassroots organizations and the Articulação dos Povos Indígenas do Brasil (Apib) are at the head of the movement, which should receive more people until this Wednesday.

In addition to the walks and vigils, the group is meeting in plenary sessions, political agendas in government agencies, and embassies and cultural events. During this period, indigenous people from all regions of the country will be encamped

Indigenous peoples protest against the government / Nayá Tawane©/ Brasil de Fato

At the camp site there is a health team that advises the protesters on security protocols to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

“The health recommendations begin from the moment the delegations mobilize to leave their territories. Apib proposes the summoning of people who already have their full vaccination coverage,” says Dinamam Tuxá, one of Apib’s executive coordinators.

Edition: Leandro Melito

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