Brazilian wildcat miners attack police and burn indigenous homes in Amazon

  • Supreme court orders government to protect indigenous people
  • Miners attack Yanomami and Munduruku villages in two states

Hundreds of wildcat miners have attacked police who were trying to halt illegal mining in the Brazilian Amazon before raiding an indigenous village and setting houses on fire, according to federal prosecutors in the northern state of Pará.

The clashes came days after a supreme court justice ordered the government to protect indigenous populations threatened by the miners who appear to have been emboldened by President Jair Bolsonaro.

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