Apparently, the Guarani-Kaiowá tribe of Brazil was stripped of its cemetery land, tekoha, considered ‘sacred’ and they lost the battle in court.
As an act of protest, the natives have decided to kill themselves before Court, and they demand to be buried in their ‘sacred’ cemetery:
A letter signed by the leaders of the indigenous Guarani-Kaiowá of Mato Grosso do Sul, announces the collective suicide of 170 people (50 men, 50 women and 70 children), if the Federal Court order to strip the tribe off the ‘cambará farm’, where they are temporarily camping, becomes effective.
That’s right – 70 children who have not finished developing their critical capacities, and are unable to make as momentous decisions as killing themselves, will be ‘suicided’ in the name of a god and a superstition which veracity does not have the slightest trace of evidence in its favor.
What’s worse, they now pretend to hijack civil society and insist that it is our responsibility to “save the natives” from their own choice to kill themselves and to kill 70 infants.
I do not defend that they were stripped off their lands; I don’t have the evidence needed to take sides in this dispute – but I know this is pure emotional blackmail, a vile threat that attacks Western values and we should not give in; they are the accountable for their own actions.
What I advocate is that if they disagree with the decisions of Justice, instead of going around killing innocents, they should recourse to international instances which condemn the state and forces it to give back the allegedly stolen land.