Thursday 29 May 2014

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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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Food Banks ;Norman Tebbitt eats humble pie

Norman Tebbit eats 'humble pie' after visit to food bank

As U-turns go, it was pretty spectacular. The former Conservative Party chairman Norman Tebbit was once so vehemently critical of food banks that he claimed people only used them to save money for junk food. But now, after visiting one, in a dramatic volte face, the outspoken Tory peer has admitted to being forced to eat "a fair plate of humble pie".
"I was impressed with the quality and dedication of the people working there to help people in many sorts of difficulties." Lord Tebbit said. "There was a systematic approach to uncovering the deeper problems which had brought people to the point where they simply did not have enough money to buy adequate food."
In a blog for The Daily Telegraph, Lord Tebbit wrote of his discovery that there was no "slap-happy handing over of food boxes" and that "staff, volunteers and professionals worked side by side through their procedures to establish if the claimant was genuine."
Despite his enlightening visit to the Trussell Trust-run initiative in Haverhill, Suffolk, Lord Tebbit didn't go so far as to say food banks were the best solution to the consequences of welfare reform and unemployment. They were, he said, an "ointment to ease the symptoms of some aspects" of them.
In March, Lord Tebbit asked his fellow peers to "initiate some research into the sales of junk food in the areas where people are relying for their basic foods on food banks".
His implication – that food banks were only used by those trying to save money for junk food – was the latest in a series of controversial views he has expressed over the years.
In January, Lord Tebbit insisted that those suffering from obesity had only themselves to blame for eating "rubbish foods". Last year, Lord Tebbit said gay marriage would open up the possibility of a "lesbian queen".

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