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Brazil indigenous protesters demand help against virus

Members of the Kayapo tribe stand at the BR163, one of the major Trans-Amazonian highway,protesting against the lack of governmental support during the COVID-19 pandemic and illegal deforestation in and around their territories.

Members of the Kayapo Mekranoti ethnic group wearing traditional feather headdresses and body paint, blocked the road with tires, wielding sticks, machetes and bows to discourage drivers from attempting to go around.

According the Brazilian Indigenous People’s Association,during the pandemic 21,000 indigenous has been hit by the virus killing 618 of them, for this reason they accuse far-right President Jair Bolsonaro of turning a blind eye to the problem and of causing the death of these minorities,who have a history of vulnerability to outside diseases.

The Kayapo Mekranoti, who live on two reservations, the Bau and Menkragnoti, protest not only to claim the 400 infected but also to stop encroachments by gold miners and deforestation in the Amazon, blamed mainly on illegal farming and ranching.