Prosecutions in Brazil for murdering Guarani Indians

Today, I received a press release with this news from Survival International.

In Brazil, “an important milestone” has occurred because six men are actually being brought to trial for murdering two Guarani Indians in Brazil’s Mato Grosso do Sul state in 2009.

Genivaldo Verá and Rolindo Verá were victims of an armed attack, after their Y’poi community attempted to reclaim its ancestral land from ranchers.

Brazil’s Public Ministry announced that ranchers and politicians are among those facing prosecution.  One of the men under investigation, cattle rancher Firmino Escobar, also allegedly held the Guarani of Y’poi hostage in 2010, imprisoning them on their land and cutting off food and medical supplies.

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