Guarani face eviction

December 9, 2005

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A federal tribunal has ordered the eviction of the Guarani-Kaiowa Indians of Ñanderú Marangatú within the next few days.

The Guarani of Ñanderú Marangatú finally won a long struggle to have their land demarcated in March this year, after many years living in terrible conditions on a tiny strip of land nearby. Ranchers are contesting the demarcation in court.

In an appeal for support, the Guarani said yesterday, ‘We want our people to be respected. The eviction notice has left we Guarani-Kaiowa very sad and worried. We don't accept the order, our land is already demarcated, our struggle is old. Many leaders have already died in this struggle…. We just want our land and to be a happy people.'