Ladio Veron, Guarani activist, and son of Marcos Veron, at an event in Madrid in 2017
© Alienor de Sas / Survival
Published April 19, 2017
Survival International is planning a global wave of protest against the destruction of tribal peoples’ land, lives, and human rights, on Brazil’s Day of the Indian (April 19).
Survival supporters and members of the public will demonstrate at the Brazilian embassy in London, demanding land rights for the Guarani and other tribes across the country. They will be joined by Guarani activist Ladio Veron.
Where: Brazilian embassy, 14-16 Cockspur St, London, SW1Y 5BL
When: 9:30 until 10:30am, April 19 2017
Protest actions are also taking place in Brazil, the United States, Spain, Italy and Germany.
Ranchers and agribusiness have forced the Guarani off their ancestral land in central Brazil into lives of poverty. Many are forced to live on roadsides, drinking polluted water and living in makeshift camps.
The Guarani people are determined to fight for their land and rights, and frequently protest.
The Guarani face harassment by gunmen hired by ranchers and other powerful vested interests on an almost daily basis. When they try to reoccupy the land which is rightfully theirs under Brazilian and international law, they frequently suffer violent reprisals.
Tribes nationwide are forcefully opposing a wave of anti-indigenous proposals currently being debated by politicians. If passed into law, they could give anti-Indian landowners the chance to block the recognition of new indigenous territories, and break up and steal existing ones. This would be disastrous for Brazilian tribes, and could lead to uncontacted tribes being wiped out.
Survival International is leading the global fight for tribal peoples’ land rights. The theft of tribal land destroys self-sufficient peoples and their diverse ways of life. It causes disease, destitution and suicide. The evidence is indisputable.