Brazil tribes protest outside presidential palace

Indigenous tribes in Brazil protested over a lack of rights and land Thursday, shooting arrows at pictures of the country`s president, Dilma Rousseff, outside her executive building.

Brasilia: Indigenous tribes in Brazil protested over a lack of rights and land Thursday, shooting arrows at pictures of the country`s president, Dilma Rousseff, outside her executive building.

Shirtless, covered in body paint and wearing traditional headdresses, members of the Apinaje, Kraho and Canela tribes, among others, assembled outside the Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia.

The protesters asked for ownership and demarcation of tribal lands in Brazil. The Indians said the lands, which have been used by agricultural companies, have been controlled by their tribes for generations and rightly belong to them.

Pictured next to Rousseff in the photos which they shot at was Brazilian Senator Katia Abreu, head of an agriculture organization, who has had open disagreements with tribes.

Brazil has around 305 ethnic groups and 896,900 ingenious people, 0.4 percent of the total population of 202 million.

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