Indigenous guards were approaching a group of 15 fishermen on the Xingu River, in a region close to Indigenous lands in southern Pará, when the man displayed a 12-gauge shotgun in a threatening tone.
As soon as the news about the threats suffered by Indigenous people on the eve of the disappearance of the Indigenist activist Bruno Pereira and the English journalist Dom Phillips, in the Javari Valley (AM), an armed fisherman decided to do the same against the Kayapó who work in the protection of the Menkragnoti and Badjonkore Indigenous Lands, in the south of Pará.
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Two weeks ago, Indigenous guards were patrolling the Xingu River, which borders the demarcated areas, when they approached six boats to give them advice on how to prevent predatory fishing, which is common in the region. One of the approximately 15 fishermen approached, "upset," interrupted the Indigenous people to take issue with them. In a threatening tone, the man made a point of showing them a "12-gauge repeating rifle," according to reports from the monitoring team received by Repórter Brasil.
"The fisherman used the same lines that we saw on TV in the case of Vale do Javari. He said that the area does not belong to the Indigenous people, that they had the right to fish there, and that their access cannot be impeded," denounced one of the members of the protection group, whose identity will be kept confidential.
Although threats from fishermen are nothing new, the intimidation with the use of firearms was an act unheard of since the Indigenous people started a permanent patrol in that part of the Xingu in 2019 in order to put an end to predatory fishing.