An illegal gold rush is igniting attacks on Indigenous people in the Amazon

July 6, 2021 | National Geographic | Scott Wallace, Professor of Journalism, University of Connecticut

Gold mine in the Amazon
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"As tensions between illegal gold miners and Indigenous communities erupt into open violence in the Brazilian Amazon, legislators allied with right-wing president Jair Bolsonaro are aggressively pursuing measures aimed at curtailing protections of the territories and rights of Indigenous people.

Since mid-May, prospectors have launched a series of brazen attacks against Yanomami and Munduruku communities in the states of Roraima and ParĂ¡ respectively."

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