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18 Dec 2020

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Resistance Assembly of the Munduruku People

Declaration from the resistance assembly at Waro Apompu Village

The Resistance Assembly of the Munduruku People... was attended by more than 200 participants from 47 Munduruku villages... We met despite the ongoing pandemic, due to the threat of steadily increasing projects of death in our territories... Our territory is suffering the consequences of the invasion of loggers and miners, our people are in poor health, and our culture and social customs are in danger.

... In the Upper Tapajós Munduruku Indigenous Territory and Sai Cinza Indigenous Territory, deforestation rose 177 percent in 2019 compared to 2018, due to the rise in illegal gold mining in the region. Mining operations have continued, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020 the region had the largest number of malaria cases, a consequence of illegal mining, and now many of our relatives are sick.

... We are against the large hydroelectric projects that are planned for our region, and we are fighting for the government to take responsibility for those dams that are already built... We want our territory free from mining and all activities that cause destruction, environmental and social impacts — all of which are detrimental to the way of life of Indigenous peoples. We have requested that we be consulted and that is not being respected... We demand legal protection and recognition of our sacred places, in order to respect our culture and our ancestors. We demand compensation for the destruction caused to our territories retroactive until present day.

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