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Allegedly a group of miners attacked members of the tribe. Pictured: Waiapi men dance and play flute during a tribal ritual in 2017

Armed miners & # 39; kill tribal leader & # 39; in a remote village in the midst of carnage fear while President Bolsonaro from Brazil insists on the Amazon forest

  • About 50 miners, known as & # 39; garimpeiros & # 39 ;, conquered the Waiapi village of Mariry
  • The native leader was reportedly stabbed to death in a Waiapi area
  • Indigenous peoples have long had to deal with pressure from miners, ranchers and lumberjacks
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Police in Brazil investigated Sunday the reported murder of an indigenous leader and the invasion of a remote village by armed miners in the north of the province, a spokesman said.

The violence started earlier in the week when the indigenous leader was reportedly stabbed to death in an area belonging to the Waiapi tribe in the state of Amapa.

On Friday, about 50 miners, known as & # 39; garimpeiros & # 39 ;, attacked the Waiapi village of Mariry, encouraging residents to flee, the local media said.

Allegedly a group of miners attacked members of the tribe. Pictured: Waiapi men dance and play flute during a tribal ritual in 2017

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Allegedly a group of miners attacked members of the tribe. Pictured: Waiapi men dance and play flute during a tribal ritual in 2017

A team of federal police investigators left for the village on Saturday, nearly 300 kilometers from the capital Macapa, a police spokesman who refused to be mentioned.

The remote location of the village hinders communication, he said.

Local media, however, reported that some residents have returned to the village to take it again, fearing a & # 39; massacre & # 39; calls.

& # 39; The situation is urgent & # 39 ;, said Randolfe Rodrigues, an opposition senator from Amapa, on his official Facebook page.

The tribal peoples of Brazil have long had to deal with pressure from miners, farmers and lumberjacks, but activists say the threats have increased under pro-business president Jair Bolsonaro, who took the power in January to control development in the Amazon rainforest increase.

The Waiapi live deep in the Amazon in an area rich in gold, manganese, iron and copper.

The native leader was reportedly stabbed to death in an area of ​​the Waiapi tribe (shown in 2017)
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The native leader was reportedly stabbed to death in an area of ​​the Waiapi tribe (shown in 2017)

The native leader was reportedly stabbed to death in an area of ​​the Waiapi tribe (shown in 2017)

Their territory is one of hundreds of Brazilian governments that were delimited in the 1980s for the exclusive use of indigenous people. Access by outsiders is strictly regulated.

Reports of the attack emerged when Bolsonaro again defended mining in the Amazon on Saturday, focusing on the & # 39; absurd amount of minerals & # 39; over there.

Bolsonaro said he was looking for the & # 39; first world & # 39; to help Brazil exploit the territories.

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