Indigenous leader Raoni ‘wants to make sure’ Brazil’s Lula will keep promises on Amazon

In an interview with FRANCE 24, Indigenous leader Raoni Metuktire expressed concern that Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva might fail to keep his promises on the Amazon rainforest, particularly on demarcating the lands of Indigenous peoples. Although Raoni, who is chief of the Amazonian Kayapo people, admitted that the announcements from Lula since his return to power in January 2023 are encouraging, he said that the continued influence of Lula’s predecessor Jair Bolsonaro and his allies represents an obstacle to their implementation.

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