Groundbreaking judgment: success for Brazil’s Amazon


Thanks to a landmark Supreme Court ruling in Brazil, indigenous people can now reclaim land stolen by agricultural companies.

Huge success for the Amazon and the indigenous Indians who care for it! A landmark Supreme Court ruling allows them to reclaim the land stolen from them by multibillion-dollar farms.

Immediately after the verdict was announced, cheers broke out among the 1.7 million indigenous people in the vast South American country. In the capital Brasilia, Yanomami, Uru-eu-wau-way, Paiter-Suruí and representatives of many other peoples also performed joyful dances after the highest judges pronounced the “historic judgment”.

Many even burst into tears of joy
But many simply wept for joy! Because nine of the eleven judges legally put the all-powerful agricultural companies in their place on Thursday. Sônia Guajajara, Brazil’s Minister of Indigenous Peoples, celebrated the momentous day and talked about how the indigenous people had now returned some of their stolen dignity.

“Long live the Indian resistance,” tweeted Eloy Terrena, the legal representative of the guardians of the Amazon and also of the Cerrado, a huge and equally endangered nature reserve in southern Brazil. This region, which is ecologically valuable, is described by locals as the birthplace of water springs and is rapidly being cleared of millions of hectares by agricultural companies for the cultivation of genetically modified soy! The WWF is currently working on an eco-expedition to save this ecosystem, which is important for the global climate.

Particularly during the twenty-year military dictatorship, which only ended in 1985, tens of thousands of indigenous peoples were expelled from their ancestral lands with brutal, often deadly violence. The multi-billion dollar industry had used every means possible to prevent the rightful owners from returning to their jungle paradises, which had been inhabited for tens of thousands of years. Only Kassio Nunes Marques and André Mendonça, once appointed by former President Jair Bolsonaro, voted to legalize this massive and brutal land grab. But that would have made it impossible for the victims to return forever.

Activists from Survival International spoke of an important, hopeful stage victory – not least for the entire global climate!

Source: Krone


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