Indigenous leaders are warning that a combination of neglect, inadequate preparations, and a lack of lockdown measures is exposing remote and vulnerable communities in the Amazon to potentially devastating outbreaks of COVID-19. The major Amazon River ports of Manaus and Iquitos are among the hardest hit cities in South America, and deaths are already reported from indigenous communities deep in the rainforest, where health services are virtually non-existent. Communities already threatened by wildfires and illegal logging could be pushed to the brink in the coming months. (Photo: InfoRegión)
More than 20 land rights activists have been killed in Brazil this year, with most deaths linked to conflicts over logging and agribusiness—ongoing terror amid the Olympics spectacle.
Advocacy group Survival International has launched a campaign to prevent the annihilation of tribal peoples in Brazil, to coincide with the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
Guaraní leaders at Itika Guasu say Bolivia's government has used rivalries over oil revenues to instrument a split and impose a new "parallel" leadership over the community.
A Guarani-Kaiowa indigenous leader was shot dead in Brazil's Mato Grosso do Sul state, one week after his community occupied part of their ancestral lands usurped by ranchers.
Bolivian National Police used batons and tear-gas to break up a road blockade launched by Guaraní indigenous residents to protest gas exploitation on their traditional lands.
Some 100 Guarani activists launched an occupation of the Justice Ministry building in Brasilia, demanding action on demarcation of ancestral lands usurped by ranchers and agribusiness.
Prosecutors in Brazil called for compensation to a Guarani indigenous community forced by land usurpation into a roadside camp where eight have been killed by motorists.
"There won't be a Cup; there'll be a strike," school teachers said in Rio, joining tens of thousands protesting government policies as the soccer championship opens.
Brazilian police closed down a notorious security firm contracted by ranchers that is accused of killing at least two Guarani leaders, and brutally attacking hundreds more.
The Guaraní community of Ñandeva in Brazil's Mato Grosso do Sul state are pledging to resist a court-ordered eviction, and to defend their land to the death.
Indigenous groups feel threatened by plans in Congress that could limit the program for returning territory they claim.