Brazilian indigenous tribe blocks key grains export route BR-163: witness

NOVO PROGRESSO, Brazil (Reuters) – Members of the Kayapó tribe blocked a key grains transport route in center-west Brazil, a Reuters witness saw on Monday, protesting a perceived lack of protection from the government against the coronavirus pandemic that has killed several of their elders.

They blocked trucks carrying corn on the BR-163 highway as part of the protest which also targetted the building of the so-called Ferrogrão railway, set to cross part of the Amazon to connect grain-producing Mato Grosso state to river ports for soy and corn. The Kayapó, wearing warrior body paint and headdresses, said they had not been consulted about the railroad.

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