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Lawsuit Asks R$50 Million for Indigenous Genocide in Brazil

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazilian federal prosecutors in the state of Amazonas have filed a lawsuit against the country’s government asking for R$50 million in compensation and an official apology for the extermination of Waimiri-Atroari Indigenous tribe, also known as the Kinja, during Brazil’s military dictatorship period.

"The Brazilian State sponsored the invasion of indigenous territory and the reduction of the Kinja population, adopting any measure necessary to carry out the ethnic genocide," states the lawsuit filed.

According to prosecutors the extermination was conducted in the 1970’s so that . . .

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