Tuesday, October 23, 2012

170 INDIANS THREATEN TO 'COLLECTIVE SUICIDE'

Statement of collective death of Guarani-Kaiowas of Mato Grosso do Sul, about to be evicted from the territory of the tribe.


Brasília - A group of 170 Indians, composed of 50 men, 50 women and 70 children, performs rituals of ethnic Guarani-Kaiowa, "ready to collective suicide", as claimed by the movement's leaders. For ten consecutive days, they sing, dance and pray in their native language, confirming the intention to "collective suicide" as stated in a letter handed to the Indigenous Missionary Council (CIMI) and the national leadership of the National Indian Foundation (FUNAI).

"(...) We ask, once and for all, to enact our decimation and total extinction, besides sending several bulldozers to dig a big hole to throw our bodies and bury them", says an excerpt of the letter. The promise will be fulfilled if confirmed the eviction of the protesters.

The court order is of the federal judge Henry Bonachela, who has set a fine of $ 500.00 / day for noncompliance with the order. Funai said it can not disobey the order of the magistrate what caused the increase of tension in the camp. National Force Soldiers and federal police officers accompanying the movement. CIMI confirms: - the situation there is "very serious."