Brazil Special Force To Protect The Yanomami From Wildcat Gold Miners

"BRASILIA - The Brazilian government on Monday authorized the employment of the National Security Force (FNS) to protect the Yanomami indigenous people and their reservation lands for 90 days in the northern state of Roraima bordering Venezuela.

The measure by the Justice Ministry published in the official gazette follows increasing attacks with firearms by illegal wildcat gold miners who have invaded Yanomami lands on Brazil’s largest reservation.

More than 20,000 miners are illegally prospecting on the reservation and polluting rivers with mercury used to separate gold from ore."

Reuters had the story June 14, 2021.

Source: Reuters, 06/15/2021