Tuesday, August 24, 2021. New York City – On Tuesday, August 24, 2021, the organization Extinction Rebellion NYC held a demonstration outside the Brazilian Consulate in Manhattan, New York City, in solidarity with the Organization of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (Articulação dos Povos Indígenas do Brasil [APIB]). Video coming soon.
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“During the week of Aug 22-28 the mobilization ‘Luta pela Vida’ (Struggle for Life) will take place in Brasília, with sister demonstrations in London, SF and NYC.
The activities seek to claim rights and promote acts against the anti-indigenous agenda, under threat by new ruling to be voted by the Brazilian Supreme Court on August 25th: “Marco Temporal”, also known as the ‘Time Limit Trick’, in which indigenous peoples would only have the right to lands they were residing in as of October 1988, the date that the most recent Brazilian Constitution was signed.
This arbitrary time limit neglects their history and ignores the expulsions, evictions, forced migrations and violence they faced prior to that date. It also ignores the fact that until 1988 Indigenous peoples were considered as dependent on the state and couldn’t independently access justice to fight for their rights. It is absurd, and it is only being considered thanks to the agribusiness lobby.
Let’s stand back together against their greed, in love and rage,” said Extinction Rebellion NYC on Instagram.
The Consulate General of Brazil is located on 225 East 41st Street, New York, NY 10017.
Indigenous people head to Brasilia to claim their rights and follow the trial that will define the future of the peoples
Articulação dos Povos Indígenas do Brasil says on its website apiboficial.org, “The Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (Apib), associated with all its regional organizations, inaugurates this Sunday (22) the national mobilization ‘Struggle for Life’, in Brasília. The activities, which will last until the 28th of August, intend to defend the indigenous peoples rights and to promote activities against the anti-indigenous agenda that advances into the National Congress and the Federal Government. The mobilization will also focus on the trial about the Milestone Thesis (Marco Temporal) by the Brazilian Supreme Court (STF), which is expected to be resumed on August 25th and may define the future for indigenous land demarcation.
The indigenous movement constantly denounces the increase of violence against indigenous peoples inside and outside their traditional territories. Apib and all its regional grassroot organizations disseminate this information to the press, on social media and formalized complaints in national and international legal instances. On the date that marks the International Day of Indigenous Peoples, August 9, Apib presented an unprecedented statement before the International Criminal Court (ICC) to denounce Bolsonaro’s government on the crimes of Genocide and Ecocide.
The mobilisation previews seven days of activities in the federal capital, with an intense schedule of plenary sessions, political audiences within Federal Government bodies and embassies, marches and public demonstrations. During this period, indigenous people from all regions of Brazil will be camped at Praça da Cidadania.
The camp will have an intense program of political discussions and cultural events. All activities have a collaborative communication team formed mostly by indigenous people. “It is necessary to give visibility and amplify the voices of the indigenous movement as a whole. In this scenario of many threats, communication plays a key role and we will be joining forces in this camp”, emphasizes Erisvan Guajajara, Media India coordinator.”
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