Amazon ambush leaves indigenous forest guard dead in Brazil, another injured

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The Brazilian bishops' Indigenous Missionary Council is holding the Brazilian government responsible for the assassination of indigenous leader Paulo Paulino Guajajara, one of the Guardians of the Forest in the Amazon.

Paulo Paulino Guajajara was hunting on Friday Nov 1 inside the Arariboia reservation in Maranhao state when he was attacked and killed by illegal loggers, according to officials. Another tribesman was injured.

Paulo Paulino used to be shot in the neck and died in the jungle, in accordance with Survival Global, a neighborhood that defends indigenous rights.

The clash comes amid an increase in invasions of reservations by illegal loggers and miners since right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro took office this year and vowed to open up protected indigenous lands to economic development.

Non-profit group Survival International, which advocates for isolated communities, said at least three Guardians have previously been killed, along with many of their relatives, the BBC reported.

Greenpeace said the two men were "the most recent victims of a state that refuses to comply with what the constitution determines".

"It's time to say enough of this institutionalized genocide", she said in a post on Twitter. "Stop authorising the bloodshed of our people!"

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"We knowledgeable federal companies of the threats however they didn't take any motion", chief Sonia Guajajara stated. It said IBAMA, Brazil's environmental agency, and FUNAI, the government's indigenous foundation, "entities that could act directly in the protection of the indigenous land, were dismantled and made inoperative, seized by agribusiness and rural barons".

"The Bolsonaro government has indigenous blood on its hands", Brazil's pan-indigenous organization APIB said in a Saturday statement.

In a video interview released by Survival International previous year, Laercio said: "They want to kill us all".

'That they create now not, their absence there, is what pushes the guardians to eradicate this defense - a in reality arduous and unhealthy job'.

The Arariboia territory is home to about 5,000 indigenous people - the Guajajara and the Awa.

Brazil's Justice Minister says federal police are investigating the death and the circumstances regarding the attack.

"Maranhao state understood how the urgency of the situation in view of the federal government's failure to act, nearly in connivance with the attackers by encouraging the invasion of reservations", said national indigenous leader Sonia Guajajara.

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