By Anna Buss for CounterPunch.org on June 25, 2021
Tens of thousands of people took the streets of at least 366 cities in Brazil on June 19. The gatherings expressed support for indigenous peoples who, in addition to being disproportionately affected by COVID-19, are now facing the ramifications of a bill that could drastically change their communities. A revived 2007 proposal, PL 490, also known as the “Demarcation of Indigenous Lands,” would impede indigenous peoples’ right to create new reservations, allow the federal government to take possession of existing ones, and end the policy of no-contact with isolated indigenous peoples. As a result, the last stewards of the forest, including the Amazon, could disappear.
The anti-government protestors also demanded the impeachment of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro for his mismanagement of the pandemic, which has already claimed 500,000 lives. They also appealed for more vaccines and an increase in emergency assistance.
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