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Brazilian indigenous workers strike after Amazon's murder causes anger

(CNN)National agency workers for indigenous peoples in Brazil are in anger at the killing of British journalists.Dom Phillipsand indigenous expertsBruno Pereira, who went on strike on Thursday, cite long-standing concerns about illegal activity and violence in the Amazon rainforest.

A staff member of FUNAI, a government agency responsible for the protection and interests of indigenous peoples of Brazil, said working at Amazon has become dangerous and in some cases fatal. ..

In a statement prior to action, the striker called for "immediate protection of indigenous colleagues, indigenous peoples and their leaders, organizations and territories," and demanded the resignation of FUNAI President Marcelo Xavier.

One FUNAI worker on strike told CNN that they didn't feel their safety was taken seriously.

"We travel on unstable ships without equipment such as radios and satellite phones," workers are not allowed to speak to the press, so they are anonymous. I talked on the condition. Workers complained about "the lack of basic infrastructure, transportation, protective equipment (and) inspectors".

CNN contacted FUNAI for comment on the strike and the claims of the participating workers.

Workers also criticized the investigation into the deaths of Pereira and Phillips, who are suffering from delays, unable to focus on the link between organized crime and illegal activity in the Amazon.

Brazilian federal police have stated that the line of investigation has not been dismissed. Several suspects have already been arrested for murder, and at least five other suspects are under investigation for alleged involvement in the concealment of their bodies.

Phillips and Pereira, who were accused of killing all over the world and caused intense debate about the safety of the Amazon, traveled far away in the Javanese Valley before they were killed. Citizens police reported thattheir boats were later discovered to be covered with 6 bags of sand to make them difficult to float.

Brazil's most marginalized group and veteran journalist Phillips, who reported extensively on the destruction that criminals are causing in the Amazon, Pereira to investigate conservation efforts in the remote Javanese Valley. Traveled with.

Although officially protected by the government, the wild Javanese valley, like other designated indigenous lands in Brazil, is subject to illegal mining, logging, hunting and international drug trafficking. I'm annoyed. Perpetrators clash with environmental advocates and indigenous rights activists.

According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), citing figures from the nonprofit Pastoral Land Commission, land and resources in the Amazon between 2009 and 2019 More than 300 people were killed in Brazil during the conflict. With a Catholic church.

And in 2020, Global Witness ranked Brazil as the fourth most dangerous country inenvironmental activitiesbased on records of the killings of environmental protectors. .. Almost three-quarters of such attacks in Brazil occurred in the Amazon region, he said.

Indigenous peoples of Brazil are frequent targets of such attacks and suffer from harassment campaigns. In early January, three environmental guardians of the same family who developed a project to repopulate local water with baby turtles were found dead in the state of Para in northern Brazil. Police investigation is underway.