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As Bolsonaro downplays the pandemic, Indigenous people in Brazil are dying at alarming rates

Democracy Now!

June 26th 2020

As coronavirus infections worldwide approach 10 million, nearly half can be found in the two largest countries in the Americas: the United States and Brazil, which now has the worst infection rate in the world and could surpass the U.S. death toll next month. Harvard professor Marcia Castro says far-right President Jair Bolsonaro has downplayed the pandemic’s severity and the disproportionately deadly impact of the crisis on Brazil’s Indigenous population. “We see that it’s exactly in the Indigenous reserves where we are seeing most of the damage,” says Castro, who co-chairs the Brazil Studies Program at Harvard’s Center for Latin American Studies. She blames the incompetence of Brazilian President Jair Baolsonaro, his indifference to staving off the transmission of the virus, and his support of the deforestation and mining industries for Amazon peoples' exposure to the virus. "The very high number of deaths that we observed in those areas, part of them could have been avoided if we had enough hospital services available. But, above all, they could have been avoided if we provided a better response." #DemocracyNow Democracy Now! is an independent global news hour that airs on nearly 1,400 TV and radio stations Monday through Friday. Watch our livestream 8-9AM ET: Please consider supporting independent media by making a donation to Democracy Now! today: FOLLOW DEMOCRACY NOW! ONLINE: YouTube: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: SoundCloud: iTunes:!-audio/id73802554 Daily Email Digest:

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