Two indigenous people of the Guajajara ethnic group were murdered last weekend, in the state of Maranhão, in northeastern Brazil, while the Civil Police investigates whether the cases are related to conflicts involving loggers in the Arariboia Indigenous Land (TI) .
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The two cases were recorded in the early hours of Saturday, September 3). Janildo Oliveira Guajajara, who was Guardian of the Jungle, was shot in the back in Amarante do Maranhão.
In the municipality of Arame, Jael Carlos Miranda Guajajara, 34, died after being hit by a car.
The two cases are initially being treated as intentional homicides (when there is intent to kill) by the Civil Police, but the investigations are still in their infancy and witnesses will be heard.
After collecting the initial information, the case must be passed on to the Federal Police, since it involves deaths of Guajajaras on the outskirts of an indigenous land.
According to the Socio-environmental Institute, the Guajajara are one of the largest indigenous groups in the country and live in different regions of the state of Maranhão.
In Arariboia TI, the indigenous people of the ethnic group participate in the group known as Guardians of the Jungle, created by the indigenous people themselves to protect their territory.
The wardens work to identify and monitor illegal logger trails and catch criminals in action.
Disclaimer: Via Telesur – Translated by RJ983
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