- Title: Brazil's indigenous women protest against right-wing Bolsonaro in capital
- Date: 13th August 2019
- Summary: (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) FIRST INDIGENOUS WOMAN ELECTED TO CONGRESS, JOENIA WAPICHANA, SAYING: "It (protest) is an important act to defend the rights of indigenous peoples. We are under a series of systematic violent attacks, there's the lack of demarcation of indigenous lands, the issue of health, education, this is all in danger. We are fighting against privatising, for a fairer and quality education." VARIOUS OF INDIGENOUS PROTESTERS MARCHING (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) INDIGENOUS PROTESTER, SONIA GUAJAJARA, SAYING: "The theme of the protest is territory. This earth supports our spirit and our body, it houses our spirit and it (protecting indigenous lands) is connected to defending Mother Earth. The presence of women here in Brasilia is a historic milestone, to say that we will not accept any imposition from this government." PROTESTERS MARCHING, HOLDING BANNER THAT READS (Portuguese) "FIRST MARCH OF INDIGENOUS WOMEN" PROTESTERS CHANTING "AMAZON" VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS MARCHING CHILD IN TRADITIONAL DRESS
- Embargoed: 27th August 2019 18:34
- Keywords: indigenous women protest Brasilia Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro
- Location: BRASILIA, BRAZIL
- City: BRASILIA, BRAZIL
- Country: Brazil
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA002AS1YBLZ
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- Story Text:Hundreds of indigenous women protested in Brazil's capital Brasilia on Tuesday (August 13) to demand greater access to and rights on issues such as health, education and the environment.
Alongside Oscar Niemeyer's buildings, women representing different indigenous communities across the country sang, danced and marched together in traditional dress.
Brazil has more than 850,000 indigenous people that make up less than 1 percent of its population. They live on reservations that make up about 13 percent of the country's territory, which includes areas of the Amazon.
Right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro has said that is too much land for so few people and has vowed to review some reservation borders and look into opening up areas of the Amazon to agriculture and mining. Indigenous groups say the land is sacred and must be protected.
According to data from Brazil's National Institute for Space Research, deforestation in the Amazon, the world's largest tropical rainforest, soared more than 88% in June compared with the same month a year ago.
(Production: Pablo Garcia)
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