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Despite Chavez denial, Yanomami indigenous tribe claim there was a massacre

Thursday, September 6th 2012 - 05:46 UTC
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The Yanomami live deep in the Amazon jungle and are victims of violence by intruding miners The Yanomami live deep in the Amazon jungle and are victims of violence by intruding miners

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Wednesday became the latest senior official to insist there is no evidence of an alleged massacre of some 80 Yanomami indigenous people.

Venezuela has said it sent an investigative team Friday to the south of the country along the border with Brazil, where the killings are alleged to have been perpetrated back in July by Brazilians mining illegally for gold.

“Neither evidence nor accounts from the indigenous people themselves turned up anywhere,” Chavez told a news conference.

The massacre was reported by a Yanomami organization known as HOY.

Several ministers have insisted this week there was no evidence of any violence against Yanomami.

An association of indigenous peoples, COIAM, urged the government on Monday to keep investigating, arguing that the Yanomami jungle settlement in question is so remote that the government investigative team could not have reached it and reported back so quickly.

Gangs of illegal miners come to the remote corner of the Amazon jungle straddling Brazil and Venezuela in search of gold and diamonds.

In the past, the Yanomami have been victims of physical violence, threats and abductions at the hands of the miners, COIAM said last week.

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  • Idlehands

    This is an odd story. Disposing of 80 bodies without trace is very difficult - even in a jungle. I would assume those that live there would be able to provide some evidence.

    I wouldn't trust Chavez but to openly deny the event would be brave if it were true. There's no way there won't be evidence if it did happen.

    Sep 06th, 2012 - 06:33 am 0
  • Santa Fe

    Chavez should have a word with Argentina they managed to dispose of 30,000 bodies.
    Although the nuns from helicopter would of proved a bit tricky to cover up.

    Sep 06th, 2012 - 06:57 am 0
  • Idlehands

    I can't see they'd be able to do it without the collusion of the national government.

    Are these tribes an inconvienience that Chavez would like to get rid of?

    Sep 06th, 2012 - 07:41 am 0
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