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Indigenous Peoples’ Protest in Brazil Met With Police Brutality

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By Dawn Bickett

A group of farmers viciously attacked a nearby Indigenous community in Brazil on Sunday. Thirteen Indigenous People were wounded. Two men had limbs hacked off with a machete.

This kind of violence may seem unthinkable, but it is becoming the rule in the Brazilian Amazon. Each year, dozens of Indigenous People are injured or killed in conflicts with farmers and ranchers over land.

Last week, about 3,000 Indigenous Peoples carried hundreds of black coffins to the National Congress in the capital of Brazil, Brasília, to protest the rising violence and to demand rights to their ancestral lands.