On the murder of a Waiãpi leader by gold miners in Amapá – Note from Rede Sustentabilidade

#Rede 29 de julho de 2019

Rede Sustentabilidada publicly expresses its deep concern about the recent events in the state of Amapá, when approximately 50 heavily armed gold miners invaded the village of Mariri, in Waiãpi’s Lands, municipality of Pedra Branca do Amapari, killing with cruelty Emÿra Waiãpi, local indigenous leader.

The situation is extremely serious and reflects the escalation of hatred and intolerance that has been plaguing our country after the election of President Jair Bolsonaro. Since this is the first violent invasion of demarcated indigenous lands in Amapá in the last 30 years, these actions can only be explained by the certainty of impunity that the president’s speeches give those who want to misappropriate indigenous lands.

The information about the events was conveyed to REDE’s board through councilor Jawaruwa Waiãpi from Pedra Branca do Amapari and they took immediate action. We are directly acting through Deputy Joenia Wapichana (Rede / RR), Coordinator of the Joint Parliamentary Front in Defense of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, through Senator Randolfe Rodrigues (Rede / AP), through Marina Silva and other party leaders and sympathizers, in order to urge public authorities into actions, to resolve the incident, punish the invaders and murderers in an exemplary mannerand ensure the safety of indigenous people in their own lands, peacefully and avoiding a catastrophic conflict.

Latest news are that there will be a press conference today (28) at noon, in which the Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office, the Public Prosecutor’s Office of the State of Amapá, the Army and the Public Security Secretariat will comment on a joint action by the organs about the situation in Waiãpi Indigenous Land.

We will continue to follow the unfolding episode, committing all our forces in the defense of indigenous peoples, their rights, so that justice should serve them as Brazilian citizens. We will act daily through our parliamentarians, leaders, affiliates and supporters to build a society far from violence, prejudice, intimidation and disrespect for others.We thank Caetano Veloso’s support, as well as other artists and organizations that immediately replicated the events, helping to spread the news and call to action Brazilian authorities.

No to silence! No to impunity! Yes to the end of violence and invasions of indigenous lands.