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Brazil to step up removal of Indigenous land invaders after Yanomami killing

People who were working in illegal mining arrive in boats at Porto do Arame after leaving the Yanomami indigenous land, in Alto Alegre, Roraima state, Brazil, on 12th February, 2023

Brasilia, BrazilReuters Brazil will increase efforts to remove the remainder of wildcat miners from indigenous lands following a shooting attack by invaders that killed a Yanomami Indigenous person and left two others seriously injured, the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples said on Sunday. An inter-ministerial delegation is en route to Roraima state to “further reinforce actions […]

Brazil’s Lula recognises Indigenous territories halted by Bolsonaro

Brazil President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva gestures along Brazil's Indigenous Peoples Minister Sonia Guajajara, during the closing of the Terra Livre camp, a protest camp to demand the demarcation of land and to defend cultural rights, in Brasilia, Brazil, on 28th April, 2023.

Brasilia, BrazilReuters President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva legally recognised six Indigenous territories on Friday, fulfilling a campaign promise to reverse the policy of his far-right predecessor Jair Bolsonaro said Brazil’s original people had too much land. The recognition is crucial to protect Indigenous lands from increasing encroachment by farming and invasions by gold miners […]

Lula floats shared ‘trading currency’ during Argentina trip

Argentina Buenos Aires President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and President Alberto Fernandez

Buenos Aires, ArgentinaReuters Brazil and Argentina are in early talks to establish a shared unit of value for bilateral trade to reduce reliance on the US dollar, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said on Monday, though the move is not aimed at replacing existing currencies. In Buenos Aires on his first international visit […]

Brazil declares emergency over deaths of Yanomami children from malnutrition

Brazil Boa Vista President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

Brasilia, BrazilReuters Brazil’s ministry of health has declared a medical emergency in the Yanomami territory, the country’s largest Indigenous reservation bordering Venezuela, following reports of children dying of malnutrition and other diseases caused by illegal gold mining. A decree published on Friday by the incoming government of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said the […]

Brazil’s Lula removes soldiers from guarding presidential residence

Brazil Brasilia Planalto Palace soldiers

Brasilia, Brazil Reuters Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has removed 40 troops guarding the presidential residence after expressing distrust in the military for failing to act against demonstrators that ransacked government buildings on 8th January. His decision was published on Tuesday in the government’s official gazette.  Army officers stand guard outside the Planalto […]

Brazil’s prosecutors ask top court to investigate Bolsonaro role in Brasilia riots

US Florida Jair Bolsonaro

Brasilia, BrazilReuters Brazilian federal prosecutors on Friday asked the Supreme Court to investigate former President Jair Bolsonaro for allegedly encouraging anti-democratic protests that ended in the storming of government buildings by his supporters in Brasilia. Bolsonaro will be investigated for possible “instigation and intellectual authorship of the anti-democratic acts that resulted in vandalism and violence […]

Lula takes reins of Brazil, slams Bolsonaro’s anti-democratic threats

Brazil Brasilia Lula1

Brasilia, Brazil Reuters Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was sworn in as Brazil’s President on Sunday, delivering a searing indictment of far-right former leader Jair Bolsonaro and vowing a drastic change of course to rescue a nation plagued with hunger, poverty and racism. In a speech to Congress after officially taking the reins of Latin […]