BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — A clash between military police and members of the Guarani Kaiowá group south of Mato Grosso do Sul in Brazil, near the border with Paraguay, has left at least one indigenous person dead and seven injured, the police said. state authorities. Three officers were also injured in the collision.
Videos posted to social media show a military police helicopter and cars passing by indigenous people who have been in a rural area next to the Amambai Reserve since Thursday. There are also pictures of injured people.
The main council representing the indigenous people in Mato Grosso do Sul said in a statement on Saturday that police arrived with firing and that there was a violent seizure attempt. The natives claim that the area where a farm is located, adjacent to the village, is part of their ancestral territory. They call the area Guapoy territory.
The council spoke of two deaths, but the state government consultancy reported one dead and seven indigenous injured.
Antonio Carlos Videira, the Secretary of State for Justice and Public Security, denied that the action was an attempted seizure, which is the responsibility of the federal police in Brazil.
He said military police had been sent to the farm because they were better equipped, and the officers were “captured by gunfire.”
The clash comes weeks after journalist Dom Philips and indigenous expert Bruno Pereira were murdered in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon.
The Amambaia Reserve is home to approximately 10,000 indigenous people, the second largest by population in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul.
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