Amazonian protesters launch SPEARS and ARROWS at Brazilian riot police after being blasted with tear gas as they demand their land back
11:49, Thursday, 27 April, 2017
Thousands of members of an indigenous Brazilian tribe are clashing with riot police, responding to tear gas with bows and arrows.
The tribe is demonstrating in Brasilia for greater rights, and have been carrying coffins representing the indigenous dead in the take over of their ancestral lands. Some allegedly tried to break into the Congress building during the riots.
The protest took place in what's dubbed Indigenous Week, a series of activities in the capital highlighting the tribes' many problems as they attempt to coexist with an ever expanding agricultural industry and try to enforce their land rights. Many attended the protest dressed in traditional garb, including feathers and body paint. 'The coffins represent all the indigenous people from 305 ethic groups who have died over the years,' said Marize de Oliveira, 58 a historian of the Guarani people. 'The agricultural and evangelical lobby want to destroy our rights and turn Brazil into the world's breadbasket, ending biodiversity.' Protesters said at least four people were arrested in the clash. Police did not provide details. 'The Indians did not comply with the agreement they made with police' about the boundaries of the protest, a police statement said. 'They were threatening to invade Congress.'