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Strong Military Presence at Demonstration of Indigenous People in the Capital

By Richard Mann, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - President Jair Bolsonaro is calling in an unusually strong military presence to control an annual demonstration in the capital by Brazilian indigenous rights activists.

The decree published Wednesday in the official gazette calls for National Guard forces to supplement the local military police forces used in previous years. It did not specify how many would be called in.

Thousands of indigenous people gather each April to demand recognition of the rights and lands. In 2017, demonstrators clashed with authorities, with police using tear gas and rubber bullets to try to disperse . . .

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