We, the members of the Wajãpi – Apina Village Council wish to disclose the information we have today, July 29, 2019, regarding the invasion occurred in the Wajãpi Indigenous Land.
Last Sunday, July 28, 2019, police teams arrived at Mariry Village in the early afternoon and headed to the Yvytotõ village, accompanied by our warriors. When they arrived, there was no one there, just the footprints of the invaders. The police marked the points on their GPS and took pictures.
Our warriors brought the police team to a place where the invaders had hidden themselves on July 26, but they found no one there either. After that, the police claimed that they could not look for the invaders inside the forest by following the vestiges we showed them, then they returned to the Mariry village and from there to the Aramirã post, where they arrived around 9:30 p.m.
At the Aramirã Indigenous Post, the police met with representatives of Funai, of the Apina, of the villages in the Aramirã region and of the Pedra Branca City Hall, in Amapá. They said that the region of the Yvytotõ village is difficult to reach and that they had no means to remain and continue the search there due to the difficulties one has of moving and feeding oneself in the forest.
During the meeting, the superintendent of the police promised he would study the region around the Yvytotõ village using satellite images to check for evidence of irregular gold mining within the Wajãpi Indigenous Land. If the images show any vestiges, they will fly over to check. After this meeting, the police teams returned to Macapá, Amapá’s capital.
We, the Wajãpi Indigenous People, remain very concerned about the irregular prospectors who have invaded the northern region of our Indigenous Land. In our villages of this region, our families are very afraid of going out to their fields or hunting in the woods. Some communities have left their villages to join families from other villages so as to feel a bit safer.
That’s why our warriors from all over the Wajãpi Indigenous Land are organizing themselves to help the Mariry village warriors who continue to search for the hidden invaders, and we are asking Funai’s support to locate them.
As soon as we have any new information, we will post more of these Notes.
Aramirã Post – Wajãpi Indigenous Land, July 29, 2019.