The 28-year-old indigenous Dorivan Guajajara was murdered Friday in the Brazilian state of Maranhão, becoming the fourth deadly victim of the Guajajara tribe in the last six weeks.
Dorivan Guajajara's body was found in Amarante do Maranhão, about 700 kilometers from São Luís, the state capital. The body of another 31-year-old non-indigenous man was also found there. Both were stabbed.
The Maranhão Security Secretariat confirmed the crime and said that a police investigation had begun. "The first elements of the investigation indicate that the crime was not related to deforestation, but was the result of a dispute," local authorities said in a statement.
Sonia Guajajara, a member of Brazil's lower house of Congress and coordinator of Brazil's Indigenous Peoples Articulation, wrote on Twitter that "this is another brutal crime against the Guajajara people." The indigenous leader denounced an alleged "war context … encouraged by the hatred spread by fascist politics" of the Government of Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro.
Last weekend, two heads of the Guajajara tribe were murdered near Cana Brava indigenous territory in western Maranhão.
In November another member of this tribe, Paulino Guajajara, was killed following an ambush by wood dealers. And more recently, on Monday, Brazilian Justice Minister Sergio Moro announced the sending of National Force agents to investigate the murder of the two Guajajara chiefs.
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