Indian ‘cultural warrior’ killed

Actor Ambrosio Vilhalva smiles during a photocall of a film

Actor Ambrosio Vilhalva smiles during a photocall of a film “Birdwatchers – La terra degli uomini rossi” during a Venice International Film Festival in 2008. The 52-year-old Guarani personality was found passed in his encampment in a Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul, military said. AFP / DAMIEN MEYER
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Actor Ambrosio Vilhalva drinks mate. He was found stabbed to genocide during a weekend and a carnage is still being investigate...

Actor Ambrosio Vilhalva drinks mate. He was found stabbed to genocide during a weekend and a carnage is still being investigated. AFP / DAMIEN MEYER
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THE South American Indian who took his conflict with sugarine growers to a universe – and became a film star in a routine – has been murdered.


Guarani Indian personality Ambrosio Vilhalva was murdered during a weekend as he approached his community, famous as Guyra Roká, nearby a city of Caarapao, in Mato Grosso do Sul state, Brazil.

Vilhalva starred in a 2008 film “Birdwatchers” about his tribe’s onslaught to lapse to a ancestral lands. He trafficked extensively internationally to pronounce out about his tribe’s plight, and pull a Brazilian supervision live adult to a authorised obligations and safeguarding Guarani land.

Initial reports advise Vilhalva heartless stabbing appears separate to new death-threats from indignant ranchers and developers dissapoint during his position opposite their prevalent and bootleg deforestation activities.

Police examiner Benjamin Law pronounced that Vilhalva “stumbled into his home and only before failing he told his mother who his torpedo was.”

Other reports contend Vilhalva was found already stabbed to genocide in his house.

Police arrested a father-in-law, Ricardo Mendes Quevedo, who has denied murdering Vilhalva.

The military examiner pronounced he did not know of a ground in a murdering yet doubted it was associated to Vilhalva’s efforts for a division of Indian Territory.

A Guarani orator told media final night: “Ambrósio fought tough opposite a sugarine cane. He was one of a categorical leaders, always during a forefront of a struggle, so he was being threatened. He was an intensely critical figure in a Guarani land campaign, and now, we’ve mislaid him”.

Thousands of Guarani-Kaiowa Indians have lived in Mato Grosso do Sul state for years in temporary camps along highways and tent villages by rivers while lobbying to have their lands legally recognised.

According to a Brazil-based inland rights organisation CIMI, 319 Guarani-Kaiowa Indians were slain from 2003-2012, mostly of them in fights over land with farmers and ranchers encroaching on their land. That’s some-more than half of all 558 Indians killed in a whole nation during a same period.

In 2007 Vilhalva’s clan reoccupied partial of their ancestral land, yet they live on a fragment of their strange territory. Most has been privileged for huge sugarine shaft plantations – including one owned by a absolute internal politician, Jose Teixeira, who is operative on a large bio-fuels plan with general oil association Shell.

Vilhalva’s onslaught to keep his tribe’s ancestral lands is not expected to finish with his death. “This is what we many wish for: land and probity … We will live on a ancestral land; we will not give up”, he recently declared.

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