We’ve always been around and doing our struggle, resisting to protect our territories. Our struggle against mega-projects and the current economic development model. For 518 years we’ve gone about our struggle to survive. The struggle to exist is something we have to undertake every day, day by day. But now we are mobilizing in a more systematic way. We’ve increased our mobilizations in Brasília and connected them to other regional struggles. If we go and have a big mobilization in Brasília, we’ll do it at the same time in other states. If we call people to stop some anti-indigenous measure at the capital, we call and people come. APIB today has a good level of visibility, and it’s very broad, beyond the national level.
We’ve managed to cross borders, denounce what’s going on internationally too. We’ve been denouncing products produced in unsettled indigenous territories and conflict areas, and called for the international boycott of these products. We’ve been denouncing ecocide, like what happened at Rio Doce and is now happening at Bacarena, Belo Monte.
We continue to reference Belo Monte as an attack against ndigenous peoples, because today we’re already suffering its consequences. The consequences are real and we show them as negative examples of hydrodams. I think that this has impacted the legal structures and the agribusiness sectors that we’re confronting.
Even if the public sees us as “just” the indigenous peoples, our struggle isn’t small. We’re really confronting the Brazilian state, its negligence, its denial of rights. T o do this we have to confront the agribusiness owners, the business elite, the media itself, the traditional press. Social media has really helped us with this. Today we don’t need traditional media as much to have the reach we do. All of this is going to reach the ears of the people. This growing visibility is definitely bothering those in power a bit more.