Invasions of indigenous land in Brazil rise under Bolsonaro

The number of invasions of indigenous lands in Brazil has jumped in the first nine months of President Jair Bolsonaro's administration, a Brazilian Catholic Church agency said Tuesday.

The Missionary Indigenous Council said illegal miners, loggers and tappers of natural resources are involved in most of the invasions.

The council reported at least 160 cases of "possessive invasions, illegal exploitation of natural resources of damage to heritage" on indigenous lands in the first nine months of 2019. There were 111 recorded cases for all of last year under conservative President Michel Temer.

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