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Indigenist Working Group begins delimitation of bantustan that can take 35% of two municipalities in Brazil

The Working Group (GT) created by the National Indian Foundation (FUNAI) in August for the creation of a bantustan for Guarany Indians in the municipalities of Guaíra and Terra Roxa, in the Brazilian state of Paraná, began its research. Residents of the region, largely made up of Mestizos descended from Indians, became apprehensive about the threat of ethnic cleansing. The municipalities are located in the west of the State of Paraná and have in agriculture the basis of their economy. FUNAI is the agency of the Ministry of Justice of the Brazilian government responsible for the policy of indigenist racial apartheid in the country.

According to the ordinance published in September in the Official Gazette of the Union, the GT is formed by Gonçalo Teixeira dos Santos, which is filled in the Regional Coordination of the State of Maranhão, which is the coordinator of the Technical Group; Marcio José Alvim do Nascimento, Head of Local Technical Coordination in municipality of São Paulo, in the State of São Paulo; Urbano Guzzo, of the Local Technical Coordination in municipality of Guarapuava, in the State of São Paulo; Viviane Bergmann Bley, Adviser for indigenous affairs, at the Special Advisory for Land Affairs, representative of the Government of State of Paraná; Marcos Aurelio Konopka, Land Affairs Technician, at Land Management, representative appointed by the Institute of Lands, Cartography and Geosciences of the State of Paraná; Carlos Roberto Rampim, of the Municipal Secretary of Agriculture of Terra Roxa, Vagner José Rodrigues da Silva, and Fernando Volpato Marques, representatives of the Municipality of Terra Roxa. The ordinance was signed by the current president of FUNAI, General Franklinberg Ribeiro de Freitas.

The objective is to realize the delimitation of the bantustan denominated Tekoha Guasu Guavirá, according to the ordinance. The area would be about 56,000 hectares in Guaíra and 80,000 hectares in Terra Roxa, according to an indigenist source.

In August, a group of Indians invaded a farm located on the border of the two municipalities. Productive areas tend to be the target of the white indigenist policy aimed at causing unemployment and population depletion. Ethnic conflict is also encouraged in order to generate social, legal insecurity, discourage investments and especially avoid mestization.

Posted in Português.

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