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Bras’lia - DF, 08/02/2011. Presidenta Dilma Rousseff durante grava‹o no Pal‡cio da Alvorada. Foto: Roberto Stuckert Filho/PR.
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Rio De Janeiro: Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff has reaffirmed that she will not step down from the government, before a scheduled nationwide protest against her government on Sunday.

Foto Oficial Presidenta Dilma Rousseff.  Foto: Roberto Stuckert Filho.In an interview with local TV station SBT, the Brazilian president said she had never thought about resigning, despite the pressure from the opposition, which has repeatedly called for her impeachment, Xinhua news agency reported on Friday.

“Why did I never consider resigning? Because, it is not possible that someone intends to take down a president, elected by popular vote, just for disagreeing with some policies and processes,” she said.

“We must learn that democracy demands respect for the institutions, and this is essential, not only for me, but for all other presidents who come after me,” added Rousseff.

It is not the first time that the president has made such a statement — in fact, she appeared in another two events earlier on Wednesday — making similar speeches and stressing the importance of the matter at different occasions over the past weeks.

Rousseff held a cabinet meeting on Sunday in which she reportedly reaffirmed her intention to publicly counter the opposition’s efforts.

The president has been reiterating in the media the importance of respecting institutions and election results for the South American country to overcome its economic problems and to be respected abroad.

She also commented on the large protest against her government scheduled for Sunday. She said that such actions are a part of democracy, but the president condemned intolerance and violence.

(IANS)

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Illegal Loggers Threaten ‘Uncontacted Indigenous Tribes’ In The Amazon

The environmental protection agency Ibama responded by sending in patrols in May, which temporarily halted the logging.

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Members of an uncontacted Amazon Basin tribe and their dwellings are seen during a flight over the Brazilian state of Acre along the border with Peru. VOA

Illegal loggers and militias cleared an area three times the size of Gibraltar in Brazil’s Amazon this year, threatening an “uncontacted” indigenous tribe, activists said on Tuesday.

Satellite imagery collected by Instituto Socioambiental (ISA), a Brazilian advocacy group, detected about 4,600 acres (1,863 hectares) of deforestation this year in the Ituna Itata indigenous land in northern Para state.

“This situation is very worrying,” Juan Doblas, senior geo-processing analyst at ISA, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

“There is a series of risks, not only to indigenous territories of uncontacted tribes, but also to other indigenous territories in the area.”

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Ecuadorian Amazon rain forest. Wikimedia Commons

The indigenous affairs agency Funai and the federal police were not immediately available to comment. The environmental protection agency Ibama said in a statement that official data on Amazon deforestation will be released in November.

Brazil’s uncontacted tribes, some of the last on earth, depend on large areas of unspoiled forest land to hunt animals and gather the food they need to survive.

They are particularly vulnerable when their land rights are threatened because they lack the natural immunity to diseases that are carried by outsiders, rights groups say.

Forest loss in Ituna Itata — from which outsiders were banned in 2011 to protect the uncontacted tribe — spiked to about 2,000 acres in August from 7 acres in May, said ISA, which has monitored the area through satellites since January.

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This Sept. 15, 2009 file photo shows a deforested area near Novo Progresso in Brazil’s northern state of Para.. VOA

South America’s largest country is grappling with scores of deadly land conflicts, illustrating the tensions between preserving indigenous culture and economic development.

ISA filed a complaint in April to federal and state authorities about forest destruction and illegal logging in the area during the rainy season, which is unusual, said Doblas.

“It was a sign that something very serious was going to happen,” he said. “It was a preparation for the invasion.”

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The environmental protection agency Ibama responded by sending in patrols in May, which temporarily halted the logging, he said, adding that ISA plans to file another complaint this week, using updated data and satellite images. (VOA)

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