Riot police fire teargas at indigenous protest for land rights in Brazil

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    Riot police used teargas and rubber bullets to disperse a group of indigenous people protesting on Tuesday outside Brazil’s Congress against a bill lawmakers were about to debate that would undermine recognition of protected reservation lands. The bill, known as PL 490 and backed by Brazil’s powerful farm caucus in Congress, seeks to open up protected indigenous lands to commercial agriculture and mining

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