Five Brazilian Indians Arrested for Murder of Contractors
|February 5, 2014||Posted by Staff under Land Disputes|
A 2014 excerpt of BBC, Feb 5.
Police in Brazil have found three bodies on a Tenharim indigenous reserve in the Amazon region.
Last week police arrested five members of the Tenharim tribe on suspicion of murder, but the tribe has denied any involvement in the contractors’ deaths.
The dead were working for the federal government-owned electricity company, Eletrobras, when they went missing in December.
Their disappearance on 16 December, from a road which crosses through the Tenharim lands, set off riots in the nearby city of Humaita. Non-indigenous residents, who blamed the tribe for the men’s disappearance, set fire to government buildings and to boats used to ferry the Tenharim from their reserve to the town.
Tensions between the two groups had been running high since indigenous leader Ivan Tenharim, 55, was run over by a car in the tribe’s reserve on 3 December.
Ed. Notes: Can you believe that humans — not just Brazilian Indians or newcomer settlers but many others, too — still behave this way, in 2014? When will we ever learn? When enough of us declare that the worth of Earth is a common wealth for all of us to share, while taxes upon our efforts are decidedly not.