Courtesy Aty Guasu/Survival International
New video footage shows gunmen driving past a Guarani community and firing shots at the Indians.

Gunmen in Brazil Caught on Video Shooting at Indigenous Guarani

Rick Kearns

Hired gunmen firing at Guarani in Brazil were filmed recently by the indigenous people who are continuing their struggle to regain stolen territory.

According to Survival International (SI), which posted the video on their website, gunmen have been terrorizing the Guarani of Pyelito Kue since they returned to their ancestral land last month, years after the government had officially recognized their right to move back, forcing the rancher on that land to move out.

On Monday, April 7 they filmed two armed men shooting at them “in broad daylight.”

“This video gives a brief glimpse of what the Guarani endure month after month – harassment, intimidation, and sometimes murder, just for trying to live in peace on tiny fractions of the ancestral land that was once stolen from them,” said SI Director Stephen Corry.

Since 2011 the Guarani of Pyelito Kue had been able to occupy a small parcel of land in the Cambara Ranch in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, near the border with Paraguay. In 2012 the community issued a public letter asserting that they would stay and resist, “up until the final consequences.” That same year a federal judge issued an order allowing the indigenous to return but ranchers did not comply with the order. Then in 2013 federal police were sent in to enforce the order with the added stipulation that refusal at that point would mean a daily fine.


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