Brazil has a total of 764 indigenous territories, although a third are not demarcated. This Wednesday, a demonstration of these people closed at least three sections of highways in Mato Grosso.
Brazilian indigenous people protest in various states of the country and in the Federal District, the day that the Federal Supreme Court resumes the ruling that discusses the demarcation of indigenous lands in the country.
According to local media, the protests are taking place in the center of the city of São Paulo, in Rio Branco, in Belo Horizonte, where the protesters block the Fernão Dias highway, in São José dos Pinhais and in the city of Brasilia.
The G1 news portal reported that indigenous peoples had closed at least three sections of highway in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul, the SC-283 highway, in the west of the state of Santa Catarina, and sections of the BR-116. , in the region of the city of Abaré. , located in the southwest of Bahia.
The Federal Supreme Court (STF) of Brazil restarts this Wednesday a trial on the temporary framework, a legal thesis promoted by the Brazilian right which proposes to recognize as indigenous lands only those occupied by the original peoples in 1988, when the current Constitution was promulgated.
The STF developed a special regime to receive indigenous people who are encamped to accompany the ruling of the case that deals with the term for the demarcation of lands. The president of the STF, judge Rosa Weber, defined that within the court 50 plenary seats will be reserved for indigenous leaders.
Lower House of Parliament approves demarcation of indigenous lands in Brazil
According to data from the National Foundation for Indigenous Peoples, Brazil has a total of 764 indigenous territories, but about a third have not yet been demarcated. In April, the government of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva recognized six new territories, with another eight in the demarcation process.
However, with this victory in April, also celebrated in a camp in Brasilia, came a new defeat.
The National Congress removed the responsibility for the demarcation of indigenous lands from the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples, passing this power to the Ministry of Justice.