How Bolsonaro’s election intensified anti-indigenous violence in Brazil

Democracy Now!

Nov 12, 2019

In Brazil, at least 135 indigenous people have been killed since 2018, when far-right President Jair Bolsonaro was elected. Filmmaker Petra Costa, whose documentary “The Edge of Democracy” examines the re-emergence of authoritarianism in Brazil, says there needs to be more international pressure on the Bolsonaro government to protect the Amazon rainforest. She says the intensifying violence by loggers and miners is part of “a savage, unregulated capitalism” that has no regard for indigenous rights or environmental stewardship. She also sounds the alarm on the rise in police violence against poor communities in Rio de Janeiro, which she says has a higher rate of police killings now than even the United States. “That is kind of a state-led genocide that is happening in Brazil at this moment,” Costa says.

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