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Indigenous Women Protest President Bolsonaro in Brasília

HeadlineAug 14, 2019
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In Brazil, up to 2,000 indigenous women gathered in the capital Brasília this week to protest the policies of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro. Hundreds occupied a health ministry building Tuesday as they demanded the government respect indigenous rights and the Amazon. This is Joênia Wapichana, the first indigenous woman elected to the Brazilian Congress.

Joênia Wapichana: “Protest is an important act to defend the rights of indigenous peoples. We are under a series of systematic, violent attacks. There’s the lack of demarcation of indigenous lands, the issue of health, education. This is all in danger. We are fighting against privatizing, for a fairer and quality education.”

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