Brazil’s indigenous rights activists hail illegal settlers’ eviction

Jonathan Watts – The Guardian, 1/7/2014

Indigenous rights campaigners have hailed a rare victory in Brazil as government troops began evicting illegal settlers from an area that belongs to one of the world’s most endangered tribal groups.

The Awá population has been decimated along with the eastern Amazonian forests upon which the nomadic people depend. Disease, murder and the loss of habitat are thought to have reduced their numbers to 450.

Although the Brazilian government demarcated their territory in Maranhão state more than 10 years ago, the Awá reserve has been increasingly occupied by ranchers, loggers and landless farmers.

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