Eight indigenous leaders from across Brazil took part in a rally outside the Brazilian Embassy in London on Thursday, denouncing the “racist rhetoric” of President Jair Bolsonaro and his “violations against indigenous people and their territories.”
The Association of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB) with the help of a human rights organisation Survival International handed into the embassy a ‘Racist of the Year’ award for President Bolsonaro.
“Jair Bolsonaro is not only destroying indigenous peoples with his policies, he’s whipping up hatred with his very racist rhetoric which is encouraging people to invade indigenous territories and steal their resources,” said Fiona Watson, one of the protesters.
The indigenous leaders are in London as part of the ‘Indigenous Blood: Not a Single Drop More’ advocacy tour across Europe organised by the APIB.
After being elected in 2018, Bolsonaro promised to free up large areas of indigenous reserves for mining and farming in what demonstrators say would be a devastating attack on communities and the environment.
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