Ecuador's government lifts state of emergency amid protests
Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso has lifted a state of emergency he’d imposed in six provinces amid an Indigenous-led strike, a surprise move that comes as lawmakers in the National Assembly hear an opposition petition to remove him from officewashingtonpost.com
Backpack, laptop found where pair went missing in Amazon
Divers from Brazil's firefighters corps found a backpack and laptop Sunday in the remote Amazon area where Indigenous expert Bruno Pereira and freelance British journalist Dom Phillips went missing a week ago, firefighters said. The backpack was tied to a tree that was half-submerged, a firefighter told reporters in Atalaia do Norte, the closest city to the search area, which is near the Javari Valley Indigenous Territory. Officers with the Federal Police brought the items by boat to Atalaia do Norte later in the afternoon.news.yahoo.com
British journalist, Brazilian expert missing in the Amazon
An Indigenous association in Brazil’s Amazon region says that one of its advisors and a British journalist are missing in a remote area near the Peru border, The area has been marked by violent conflicts between fishers, poachers and government agentswashingtonpost.com
Canadian Indigenous meet with pope in hopes of apology
Indigenous leaders from Canada and survivors of the country’s notorious residential schools are meeting with Pope Francis in hopes of securing a papal apology for abuses committed against them by Catholic priests and school workerswashingtonpost.com
A toddler died sleeping outside in a months-long housing protest. Now his brother is sick.
The Indigenous child’s death from a preventable illness in a park in the heart of Bogotá is the latest symbol of Colombia’s struggle to resolve a displacement crisis that is only getting worse.washingtonpost.com
Another armed Indigenous vigilante group appears in Mexico
Another armed Indigenous vigilante group has appeared in the southern Mexico state of Chiapas. In a video posted on social media Thursday, a group of about 30 masked men are seen holding mainly hunting rifles and shotguns in the woods. The group’s spokesman said he would not reveal the name of the self-styled “self defense” group, “out of respect” for the rebels of the Zapatista movement who hold territory near by.news.yahoo.com
EXPLAINER: Why are people protesting across Colombia?
Thousands of Colombians are protesting across the country against a government they feel has long ignored their needs, allowed corruption to run rampant and is so out of touch that it dared proposed tax increases during the coronavirus pandemicwashingtonpost.com