Survival, April 3rd, 2020; "Breaking: Amazon Guardian Zezico Guajajara has been shot dead, less than 5 months after fellow Guardian Paulo Paulino Guajajara was killed by invaders."
Demorcracy Now, Feb 28, 2020; "In Costa Rica, 45-year-old land defender Yehry Rivera of the Brörán indigenous community was murdered Monday by an armed mob, after he joined a campaign by indigenous families to reoccupy their ancestral lands. It was the second murder of an indigenous land defender in the past year. Under a law passed in 1977, Costa Rica’s 24 legally recognized indigenous groups are entitled to reclaim lands taken from their ancestors, but the law has never been implemented."
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SÔNIA GUAJAJARA: “In Brazil at the moment, it’s very hard to live as an indigenous person. For the legal certification of logging and mining and agribusinesses that are destroying the Amazon, in 35 days there have been three killings. This is a direct result of Bolsonaro’s direct policies that are threatening the indigenous lives in Brazil.”
Contaminated area - Source: BHR, http://business-humanrights.org/en/human-rights-impacts-of-oil-pollution-ecuador-6
Davi Kopenawa asks the European people; “…for your strength…to talk to [President] Bolsonaro…so that he takes care of his country.”
LAURA ZÚÑIGA CÁCERES: [translated] “But the most obvious evidence about how soldiers are trained by the U.S. government to kill land and water defenders is the training that both Mariano Díaz Chávez and David Castillo received from the United States and that aided them in carrying out the murder of my mother.”
Vanessa Nakate: “…this all points to the climate crisis. When their only hope, that is the farms and the crops that they have, is destroyed, they are only left with giving up their daughters for marriage to get something in exchange.”
UNIST'OT'EN Website; "In this era of “reconciliation”, Indigenous land is still being taken at gunpoint. INVASION is a new film about the Unist’ot’en Camp, Gidimt’en checkpoint and the larger Wet’suwet’en Nation standing up to the Canadian government and corporations who continue colonial violence against Indigenous people."