Brazil’s Lula vows to legalize Indigenous lands amid rising conflicts

On his first trip to Indigenous land in the Amazon rainforest since taking office, Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva expressed support for creating new territories for those communities, but stopped short of announcing any demarcations.

Wearing a white cap and dark shirt in the heat, Mr. Lula addressed some 2,000 Indigenous people who painted their faces, wore traditional feather headdresses, and sang songs to welcome him Monday to the Raposa Serra do Sol region bordering Venezuela and Guyana.

He said he wants quick demarcation of their lands “before other people take over, invent false documents” to claim ownership rights. That has been a common occurrence throughout Brazil’s history, which prompted the start of demarcation processes over a half-century ago.

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