Massacre of Yanomami Feared in Venezuela Village of 80 people was firebombed from the air, say activists, by illegal gold miners based in neighbouring Brazil

 

 

A massacre of up to 80 Yanomami Indians has taken place in the Venezuelan state of Amazonas, according to claims emerging from the region, prompting the government to send in investigators.

Blame is being placed on illegal garimpeiro miners who cross the border from Brazil to prospect for gold and have clashed violently with Amazon tribes before. According to local testimonies an armed group flew over in a helicopter, opening fire with guns and launching explosives into Irotatheri settlement in the High Ocamo area. The village was home to about 80 people and only three had been accounted for as survivors, according to people from a neighbouring village and indigenous rights activists.

The claims were presented to local authorities in Puerto Ayacucho, the capital of Amazonas state on Monday, asking for an immediate investigation of the site where the alleged killing took place, and for the expulsion of the garimpeiros. The event would have taken place during the first two weeks of July but due to the remoteness of the village it is only now been made public.

A spokeswoman at the public prosecutor’s office said the government could not yet confirm the attack nor how many people may have been killed.

Luis Shatiwe, a leader of the Yanomami group, told a Venezuelan newspaper that the survivors were hunters who had been out of the village at the time of the alleged attack. The hunters, he said, heard a helicopter and gunfire and said a communal hut in the village…read more at http://www.whitewolfpack.com/2012/08/amazon-tribe-massacre-alleged-in.html

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2 Responses to Massacre of Yanomami Feared in Venezuela Village of 80 people was firebombed from the air, say activists, by illegal gold miners based in neighbouring Brazil

  1. johncoyote says:

    This is common way the government push the Natives away. Custer did this with the Black Hills. Military couldn’t stop the Native American. The miners did. I pray the Natives in Venezula will be protected. Greed for gold can kill off a tribe forever.

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