Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Brazil Amazon: Deadly shootout as illegal miners enter indigenous land - BBC News

Three illegal miners have been killed in a shootout that erupted after they entered an indigenous area in the Brazilian Amazon, local leaders say.

The Yanomami group said armed miners on seven boats attacked a remote community on Monday. One indigenous person and four other miners were injured.

An estimated 20,000 illegal gold miners are in the Yanomami area, Brazil's largest protected indigenous reserve.

Violence in the Amazon has increased under President Jair Bolsonaro.

The far-right president, a critic of the size of the indigenous reserves, has promised to open some of them to agriculture and mining. His government has weakened environmental protections, and critics say his rhetoric has emboldened illegal activity in the region.

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