Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Brazil Solidarity with the Indigenous Tribes of Brazil out of the jungle and on the streets defending way of life


The Huffington Post UK  |  By Posted:  |  Updated: 28/05/14 BST

World Cup 2014: 22 Staggering Images Of Brazil's Indigenous Tribes Taking On The Riot Police With Bows And Arrows


Resplendent in tribal headgear and body point, with bows and arrows held aloft, aiming their weapons at Brasilia's riot police, these indigenous protesters took on horse-mounted riot police armed with tear gas and shields.
These were the extraordinary scenes just hours before Brazil's World Cup team began their training for the tournament, as the índios attempted to force their way toward the capital's National Stadium, firing arrows and throwing rocks.
  • Protesters in traditional headdress squared off against Brazilian police mounted on horses
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    An indigenous man protests against the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Brasilia
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    Brazilian social movement activists clash with riot police
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    Police in the Brazilian capital fired tear gas to break up a protest by Indian chiefs and groups opposed to the money being spent to host the World Cup
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    Men cover their faces as police hurl tear gas at protesters
  • Indians clash with military police during a protest against the FIFA World Cup outside the National Stadium
  • One policeman was shot in the leg by an arrow
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    A demonstrator throws stones at riot policemen
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    A riot policeman confronts protesters during clashes
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    The protesters were joined by indigenous people demanding land rights
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    Earlier, Brazilian natives from different ethnic groups had protested in front of the Planalto palace
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    Men and women came in tribal dress
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    The demonstration took place outside the official workplace of Brazil's Presidency
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    Brazilian chief Raoni attended the protest in front of the Planalto palace
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    Different ethnic groups protest atop of the National Congress
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    The indigenous demonstrators joined those who are protesting for social change
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    Military policemen launch tear gas grenades against indigenous demonstrators during a protest against the FIFA World Cup
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    Protesters in traditional headdress points his bow and arrow towards the police
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    An Indigenous protester in traditional headdress runs with his bow
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    A military police officer fires a tear gas grenade against demonstrators
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    An Indigenous protester in traditional headdress gets ready to fire an arrow against the military police
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    Demonstrators held spears and bows and arrows, in traditional battle gear
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The country has been no stranger to anti-World Cup demonstrations, from Brasilia, to Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro, from activists angry at the multi-billion cost of staging the tournament in a country where the poorest 34% receive less than 1.2% of the nation's income.
Brasilia's stadium will cost roughly three times the price tag first budgeted, approximately 1.9 billion reais (£500m), a report from city auditors said last week.
Though smaller than the million-strong protests that rocked the South American nation during 2013, never before have demonstrations taken on this colour, as activists were joined by 300 indigenous protesters who had been staging a separate sit-in at Congress demanding land rights.
The tribesmen are known for their Brasilia protests outside government buildings, but this is the first time they have joined the social change activists charge against the World Cup.
One policeman was reportedly shot in the leg by an arrow, Huff Post correspondents at the Brasil Post reported, with protesters aiming their weapons at the Congress building, then at police.
The protester who shot arrows at police has been arrested and detained. The newspaper Globo reported that at least two indigenous people were also injured.
In an attempt to cool inflamed tensions as kick-off draws closer, Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff has promised the Homeless Worker's movement that squatters in makeshift encampments around the stadiums will receive government housing.
But Brazil will call in troops to prevent protests disrupting football games and threatening fans' safety, she has warned.
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