Wednesday, April 26, 2017

PHOTOS: Brazil indigenous groups armed with bows and arrows clash with police

REUTERS*A police officer with a gun faced off against an indigenous man with a bow and arrow

Members of indigenous groups clashed with riot police in the Brazilian capital, Brasilia, on Tuesday.

Thousands gathered in front of the Congress building to demand more land rights and protest against the encroachment of their land by loggers and farmers.

Campaigners say 13 indigenous people died in land conflicts last year.

Police said they had to use force when some protesters tried to reach a ramp leading into Congress.

EPA*Many of the indigenous protesters wore their traditional headdressesEPA*Police said the clashes started when protesters tried to access a ramp leading into CongressEPA*Some of the protesters were carrying bows and arrowsEPA*Police said no one was injured by the arrows firedAFP*Riot police with shields tried to block the protesters from advancingREUTERS*The protesters carried coffins meant to symbolise the number of indigenous people killedREUTERS*Police fired tear gas at the protesters...REUTERS*...and the protesters tried to kick the canisters back

Source: BBC

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