Brazil to open up indigenous lands for mining

Mar 18, 2019, 8:21 AM EDT
(Source: Palácio do Planalto/flickr)
(Source: Palácio do Planalto/flickr)

“The Bolsonaro Effect” is coming true, bit by bit. Candidly, Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro has never been a welcome sight for the country’s environmentalists, activists, and climate scientists ever since he came to power in October last year. His propensity to pit environmentalism against development and growth is translating into actions now.

Admiral Bento Albuquerque, Brazil’s newly-appointed Minister of Mines and Energy, recently announced his plans to open up mineral-rich indigenous lands for mining companies and also to life “outdated” restrictions on mining activities in the country’s border regions, writes Eco Watch.

Bolsonaro, who views the 15 percent national territory — marked indigenous — as “isolated, exploited, and manipulated by NGOs, seeks to assimilate the indigenous people into the mainstream and use their “exclusive” resources for economic interests.

However, it remains to be seen how the President takes control of the indigenous people’s assets — protected by Article 231 of the Constitution — without having a brush with the judiciary and powerful environmentalist forces in the country, reports Pacific Standard.