Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and the left-wing “Guardian” accused Jair Bolsonaro of “Genocide” of the indigenous Yanomami tribe. Investigative journalist Oswaldo Eustáquio revealed that images of emaciated Yanomami were actually of Venezuelan refugees from Communism.
Visiting Yanomami territory in Roraima with his Minister of Health, Nísia Trindade, to, President Lula da Silva blamed Bolsonaro for “abandoning” indigenous tribes. Bolsonaro responded, saying that his government prioritized health care for the Yanomami, benefitting 449.000 indigenous people.
At the same time, horrific images of starving Yanomami people circulated on the internet, looking like concentration camp inmates. Lula’s PT government seized on the images to accuse former President Jair Bolsonaro of “genocide”. Left-wing British “Guardian” newspaper’s Latin America correspondent Tom Philipps picked up the story and ran the photos:.
The Yanomami catastrophe in tomorrow’s @guardian 👇🏼 pic.twitter.com/WKYBmVujC2
— Tom Phillips (@tomphillipsin) January 23, 2023
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“The photos really shook me because it’s impossible to understand how a country like Brazil neglects our Indigenous citizens to such an extent,” the Guardian quotes Lula.
However, investigative journalist Oswaldo Eustáquio revealed that the images were not of Brazilians, but Venezuelans suffering under the catastrophic Communist dictatorship who came to Brazil to ask for help from relatives on the prosperous side of the continent. Thousands of suffering Venezuelans try to cross the border to Brazil every month, including indios.
“The narrative that Brazilian indigenous people suffered a genocide is false”, Eustáquio writes. “The truth is that under the Chavista dictatorship commanded by Maduro, most of the Venezuelan population is starving and has lost up to 25% of its weight. This is even worse for to the indigenous peoples of that country.”
Tom Philipps of the “Guardian” has neglected to report on the case of Chief Serere Xavante, who was arrested for the crime of protesting and is still being held and is reportedly being abused.
The Guardian has removed the photo from its article.