The National Integration, Development, Regional and Amazon Commission of the Chamber of Deputies approved, this Wednesday (18), a request for the President of the National Indian Foundation (Funai), Marcelo Xavier, to clarify the statements regarding the violence suffered by the Yanomami people and the presence of illegal mining on Indigenous lands.
The petitioner, deputy Vivi Reis (PT-PA), defended Marcelo Xavier’s appearance due to his speech at a press conference on April 12, when commenting on the reality of the region, which faces hunger, diseases and unhealthy conditions. He said that “in the same way, the miners work in unsanitary conditions and, therefore, are also victims like the Yanomami indigenous people”.
The president of Funai also stated, on the same occasion, that the problem in the Indigenous Land has been going on for more than 30 years and that it would be the fault of the president of Venezuela and previous governments in Brazil.
Xavier also defended that the solution to the crisis would be the regularization of mining in these regions, which violates the rights of the Yanomami people.
There is still no date set for the audience with the president of Funai.
Source: CNN Brasil