Thousands of indigenous protesters gathered in Brasilia on Wednesday (25 August) as Brazil's Supreme Court prepared to take up a case that could eliminate reservations on their ancestral lands. Some demonstrators in the Brazilian capital carried bows and arrows and wore traditional headdresses. Organisers said it was the biggest indigenous protest ever in Brazil, with an estimated 6,000 demonstrators preparing to march to the high court when it opens its session. The court will consider a case that could remove protected status for some native lands, opening them to agribusiness and mining. The protesters, made up of 170 ethnic groups, established a protest camp on Sunday, promising a week of activities against what they call systematic persecution under far-right President Jair Bolsonaro since he took office in 2019.
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