Indian massacre

Published: Sunday 31 October 1993

IN BRAZIL'S worst such incident in nearly a century, gold miners illegally prospecting on the Yanomami reservation are believed to have massacred, with machetes and guns, 73 Indian tribals.

Brazilian President Itamar Franco called in the country's military leadership to control the miners and set up a special ministry for Amazonia. He also plans to instal a $600 million radar system to tighten security.

The police are still looking for the culprits, but nobody is hopeful as Brazil has an indifferent record of protecting Indian rights and has failed to punish the culprits of 16 previous Yanomami killings.

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