Amazon Leaders Deliver Petition Against Illegal Mining to Brazil’s Congress

Indigenous associations and NGOs claim some 20,000 illegal miners currently operate on Yanomami land, a 96,000 square kilometer (37,000 square mile)-span of jungle in northern Brazil bordering Venezuela.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Indigenous leaders delivered a petition of more than 400,000 signatures to the Brazilian Congress on Thursday, December 3rd, demanding the removal of illegal miners from Yanomami land in the Amazon they say are spreading the coronavirus to vulnerable communities.

The petition had been gathered since the June launch of a campaign condemning President Jair Bolsonaro's policies supporting agricultural and mining exploration of the rainforest.

"We want the authorities . . .

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