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Brazil: Guarani Kaiowá say they will resist together to death

Brazilian bloggers and even mainstream media are reacting to a letter by an indigenous Guarani Kaiowá community that claims to have lost all hope, promising a mass resistance to death of 170 men, women and children, if an eviction order goes forward. Global Voices reported in 2011 and 2010 on ongoing violence against the Guarani-Kaiowá.

  • http://www.facebook.com/heather.small.18 Heather Small

    Shame on us this world is run by the few on behalf of the few time to stand with our brothers and sisters and kick those few out

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1336066492 Claudia Panizza

    Please, sign the petition “Let us save the Indigenous Guarani-Kaiowá – URGENT!”: http://www.avaaz.org/po/petition/Salvemos_os_indios_GuaraniKaiowa_URGENTE
    Thank you so much!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1336066492 Claudia Panizza

    Please, sign the petition “Let us save the Indigenous Guarani-Kaiowá – URGENT!”: http://www.avaaz.org/po/petiti
    Thank you so much!

  • http://twitter.com/JanetGunter Janet Gunter

    Thanks for the comments everybody, our GV team is currently writing up a longer piece about this, so please stayed tuned.

  • Geni Joga Pedra

    The
    Guarani-Kaiowa made public a letter-testament:

    “We live on
    the river bank Hovy for over a year and are without any assistance, isolated,
    surrounded by gunmen and resisted until today. Eat food once a day. We spend
    all this to recover our territory Pyleito old Kue / Mbarakay. In fact, we know
    very well that at the heart of our territory old are buried several of our
    grandfathers, grandmothers, great-grandparents and great-grandparents, there
    are the cemeteries of all our ancestors.

    Aware of
    this historical fact, we are about and we want to be dead and buried with our
    ancestors right here where we are today, so we ask the Government and the
    Federal Court not to order the eviction / expulsion, but ask to enact our death
    collective and to bury us all here.

    Please,
    once and for all, to enact our decimation and total extinction, besides sending
    several tractors to dig a big hole to play and bury our bodies. This is our
    request to federal judges. Now await the decision of the Federal Court. Declare
    our collective death of Guarani and Kaiowá Pyelito Kue / Mbarakay and bury us
    here. Since we decided not to leave here fully alive nor dead.

    We know
    that we have more chance to survive with dignity here in our territory old
    already suffered a lot and we are all massacred and dying apace. We know that
    we will be driven away from the riverbank for justice, but let’s not get out of
    the river. As an indigenous people and indigenous history, we decided
    collectively merely being killed here. We have no choice this is our last
    dispatch before the unanimous decision of the Federal Court of Navirai-MS.”

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