Bolsonaro Threatens to Fire Funai Leadership

"The indigenous people are the ones to tell Funai what to do." said the president.

By Richard Mann, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - During a meeting with indigenous people of different ethnicities on Wednesday, President Jair Bolsonaro threatened to promote layoffs at the National Indian Foundation (Funai) – the governmental protection agency for Indian interests and their culture – if the agency does not do what the indigenous people want.

"The indigenous people are the one to tell Funai what to do. Otherwise, I'll fire Funai's leadership," said the president.

Although he has criticized environmental legislation and advocated the liberation of the gold-digging in indigenous lands, he said that the areas already demarcated . . .

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