Brazil troops intervene in farmer-native clashes

Troops have been deployed in Brazil to prevent clashes between local famers and the native Terena people.

Brazil troops intervene in farmer-native clashes

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Brazilian authorities are deploying forces in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul to separate farmers and indigenous Indians who have been clashing over a land dispute.

Farmers have been disputing land that was outlined as belonging to the indigenous Terena group in a court ruling in 2010, and were involved in clashes with the Terena people in May, resulting in the death of one indigenous man.

Refusing the leave the land without compensation, the farmers have accused the Terena of invading land that belongs to them, and were planning to hold an auction on December 7 to raise enough funds to hire their own private security.

Brazil’s constitution allocated 13% of its land to indigenous populations. The Mata Grosso do Sul state the biggest proportion of indigenous Indians at 9% of their total population. Despite this, only 0.7% of the state’s land is allocated to them.

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