“Collective Suicide” of the Guarani-Kaiowá indians in Brazil

Brazil is not only about flip flops, Da Silvas and murder in progress on every damn street corner. Brazil is also about an ongoing and systematic genocide against the indigenous peoples.

Artists unite to national movement against genocide Guarani-Kaiowá

On the next 3rd, March along the streets of the Capital to mobilize Government and public opinion Flávia Balasubramanian

Friday, 26 OCTOBER 2012


Next Tuesday (30), local citizens promise to organize themselves in front of the Federal State University (Ufes) to March through the Capital to protest the genocide Guarani-Kaiowá, residing in Pyelito Kue, Nagesh, Mato Grosso do Sul. The State joins the protest demonstrations across the country against the neglect with which has been treated the Guarani-Kaiowá people.    In the event, the organizers make it clear that “they want basically to the Indians in peace on Earth.”

A collective letter will be signed by citizens and organisations involved. In addition, participants promise to call attention on city streets. Will travel the streets with candles, torches, banners, posters and painted faces. According to the Organization, the March will feature one-hour concentration in Ufes, where are made the material.    In all, nearly 500 people have already confirmed the presence in the March and the expectation is that by the end of the day are recorded new accessions.

The demonstration, which started in social media, took force after the publication of the letter signed by the Guarani-Kaiowá community, in which the natives claim that they will not leave their land.

“We decided not to fully leave here alive and not dead, and we know that we have no more chance to survive in dignity here in our territory, has already suffered a lot and we’re all massacred and dying of accelerated mode. We know that we will be expelled from the river for Justice, but we’re not going to get out of the River. As a native people indigenous/history, decided to merely be killed collectively here. We have no other option, this is our last round unanimous decision on the order of the Federal Court of Nagesh-MS “.

The letter is a response to the final decision of the Federal Court of expulsion/discharge given in case # 0000032-87.2012.4.03.6006, on September 29 this year. The Indians point out that the decision of Justice decreed the Guarani kaiowá and collective death Pyelito kue/Mbarakay “. “This is the information we have received that we soon will be communities attacked, raped and thrown out of the river by the Federal Court of Nagesh-MS. Thus, it is clear to us that the Federal Court action itself generates and increases the violence against our lives, ignoring our rights to survive on the Bank of a river and around our traditional territory Pyelito Kue/Mbarakay”.

Living a year camped at 50 meters from the River, where they were recorded Hovy four deaths-two of suicide and the other two as a result of beatings and torture of Gunslingers-the Indians are living without any assistance and hounded under the sight of gunmen.

The Indians claim to know that at the heart of the territory charged by Justice are buried his grandparents, great-grandparents and all of its ancestors, and claim to want to be dead and buried with her relatives.   In all, living on the edge of the River, in the municipality of Hovy Naviraí, 100 adults and 70 children. They charge the demarcation of their traditional lands, now occupied by ranchers and guarded by gunmen.   The struggle of the Guarani-Kaiowá against the assaults of landlords of agribusiness has lasted eight years.

The letter of major and took soon came to be interpreted as a call for “collective suicide” by the tribe. However, on Thursday (25), the indigenous missionary Council (Cimi), an agency of the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil (CNBB), published a note on its Web site depicting the use of the term.

For the entity – one of the main promoters of indigenous rights at the State and Guarani Kaiowá speak on death in the context of collective struggle for land. I mean, if the Justice and the gunmen hired by ranchers insist on taking the Indians from their traditional lands, they are willing to die all in it, without ever abandoning them.   The Ccme also clarifies that suicide among the Guarani-Kaiowá already occurs for some time and is most common among young people. According to the Agency, between 2000 and 2011 were mainly motivated suicides by 555 situations of confinement, lack of perspective, acute violence and varied, traditional land clearance and life in the camps on the shores of roads – none of those suicides occurred in mass, collective way, organized and advertised.


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