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Brazilian indigenous group expel illegal loggers from their land

By Marion Ali, Staff Reporter

Confrontation between a group of indigenous people in Brazil’s Amazon region and illegal loggers working in their communal forests have led to the detention and expulsion of the loggers.

Leaders of the Ka’apor tribe accused the Brazilian authorities of failing to protect them and they proceeded to tie up the loggers and set fire to their trucks and chainsaws, before forcing them out.

The logs found at the indigenous territory in the north-eastern state of Maranhao were also destroyed.

The incident happened from August but has just come to light.

The Brazilian indigenous agency, Funai, says it has requested tighter security in the Alto Turiacu Indian Territory to prevent violent clashes.

(Source: BBC World)

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