Solidarity to the Guarani M'Bya Community for the Occupation of Jaragua


The Libertarian Anarchist Socialism Organization is in solidarity with the M'bya Guarani in Jaraguá, in São Paulo, who a week ago occupied land near the Jaraguá Indigenous Land. The fight is to stop the continuation of deforestation in the region, and prevent the construction of a condominium of five residential buildings, for the Minha Casa Minha Vida program, by Construtora Tenda. The indigenous occupation began after the construction company cut hundreds of trees. In total, more than 4,000 trees were cut. In opposition, another 200 tree seedlings were planted by the M'bya Guarani in the places where the felling occurred. ---- The occupation aims at the political articulation and visibility of the struggle of the M'bya Guarani in the region. The company Tenda Negócios Imobiliários SA, a publicly traded construction company, has among its shareholders Banco Itaú and the owner of AmBev, billionaire Jorge Paulo Lemann, one of the richest men in the world. Tenda has an average turnover of more than R $ 300 million, mainly executing works under the Minha Casa Minha Vida Program. The company claims to have fulfilled all legal obligations and that the work was approved by the Municipal Licensing Secretariat of the city of São Paulo. However, the fact that the work is not in indigenous territory does not guarantee authorization.

Mayor Bruno Covas (PSDB) informed that the work was regular and that the indigenous people must prove the irregularities. However, the indigenous people also claim that the city of São Paulo cannot, alone, authorize a construction, since the Indigenous Land is the federal responsibility.

Due to the occupation, the works were temporarily suspended, and the indigenous people set up a camp on the ground. Negotiations are being arranged with Funai, the City Hall and the Public Ministry. Inspectors from the Environmental Company of the State of São Paulo (Cetesb) visited the site, finding irregularities in the work.

In an area considered to be of permanent preservation, the Guarani M'bya Guarani denounce that the construction would be irregular, as it is in an area of environmental preservation of the Atlantic Forest, considered a cooling zone of the Jaraguá State Park, in addition to having a river source. Even Convention 169 of the International Labor Organization obliges states to carry out prior consultations in the case of undertakings close to the Indigenous Lands, but the Indians were not consulted.

The Tenda project is just a few meters from the limits of TI Jaraguá. The area of 532 hectares was declared to be of traditional occupation by the Guarani Mbya people by the Ministry of Justice in 2015. However, there is, to date, no lawsuit filed at Ibama, the federal agency responsible for licensing enterprises in an area of influence of a Indigenous Land.

We are also in solidarity with the indigenous resistance struggle throughout the Brazilian territory; peoples who have suffered from genocide since colonization, and more recently with assassinations of leaders, and attacks by militiamen and private security guards hired by ranchers - militiamen and ranchers who are increasingly encouraged by the Bolsonaro government's development project, which proposes to move forward agribusiness and mining in IT. In urban areas, the threats come from real estate developments that foment speculation and environmental crimes.


Anarchist Organization Libertarian Socialism
February 2020

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