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Brazil: Indigenous activist is summoned by the Federal Police and accused of slandering and defaming Bolsonaro in documentary series

Instituto Socioambiental

“Indigenous activist in Brazil says accused of 'slandering' Bolsonaro”, 01 May 2021

...A leading indigenous activist in Brazil said she has been summoned to appear before police after being accused of "slandering" the government of far-right president Jair Bolsonaro. Other Bolsonaro critics have been interrogated by police in recent months, part of what one newspaper called an "intimidation campaign" by the government. "I was summoned by the Federal Police in connection with an investigation into the Maraca series," Sonia Guajajara, the coordinator of the Association of Brazil's Indigenous Peoples (APIB), said Friday on Twitter. The Maraca documentary series strongly criticizes government policies toward indigenous peoples -- particularly Bolsonaro's widely assailed handling of the Covid-19 pandemic...The legal complaint against the group -- accusing it of "a campaign of slander and defamation" -- was brought by FUNAI, the Brazilian government's indigenous affairs office...FUNAI president Marcelo Augusto Xavier da Silva says the series has spread "inaccurate and tendentious information, accusing the government of having abandoned the indigenous peoples" during the pandemic. In a statement to AFP, FUNAI said that "the investigation of alleged crimes" is in the interest "of all Brazilian citizens, indigenous or not." The APIB denounced the inquiry as "an attempt to criminalize the indigenous movement" and accused the government of a "genocide" of native peoples during the pandemic, which it estimates has claimed the lives of more than 1,000 native people...