Brazil troops to contain Indian-rancher conflicts
SAO PAULO -- Soldiers of the elite National Force have been sent to central-western Brazil where hundreds of Terena Indians are occupying a ranch they say is on ancestral lands, the Justice Ministry said Wednesday.
In a statement posted on its website, the ministry said a contingent of 110 soldiers had been dispatched to Mato Grosso do Sul state, which has recently seen growing tensions between Indians and ranchers.
"The objective is to guarantee public order and avoid conflicts," Justice Minister Jose Eduardo Cardozo said in the statement.
Some 200 Terena Indians occupied the... read more
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