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Mon Aug 5, 2019, 11:12 PM

Majority of Brazilians Reject Mining in Indigenous Lands

Datafolha survey shows that 86% of country disagrees with President Jair Bolsonaro's plan to open mining in these areas

Aug.5.2019 1:06PM

Brazilians widely disapprove of opening indigenous lands to mining, going against the wishes of President Jair Bolsonaro (PSL-RJ).

A Datafolha survey commissioned by the non-governmental organization Instituto Socioambiental found that 86% of Brazilians disagree with allowing mining companies into indigenous lands. Today this is illegal, but Bolsonaro intends to authorize it.

Datafolha conducted, from June 4 to 6, 2,088 interviews in 168 municipalities in all regions of the country. The error margin is plus or minus two percentage points, 95% confidence level.

According to Márcio Santilli, ISA's founding partner and president of FUNAI (National Indian Foundation) between 1995 and 1996, the research reveals "the unequivocal desire of Brazilians to preserve the lands, which Congress needs to consider in this discussion."


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