Bolsonaro pledges to keep mining out of Yanomami reservation in Amazon


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  • Monday, 31 May 2021

FILE PHOTO: Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro is seen with indigenous people at the Yanomami tribe reservation bordering Venezuela in Sao Gabriel da Cachoeira, Amazonas state, Brazil, May 27, 2021. Marcos Correa/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT/File Photo

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro promised a Yanomami community that he would respect their wishes to keep mining out of their reservation in the Amazon, though he said he would still seek access to other indigenous lands for commercial agriculture and mining.

In a video posted late on Sunday on social media, the right-wing president was seen listening to local indigenous leaders in Maturacá, an Amazon village at the western end of the Yanomami reservation, which is Brazil's largest and is more extensive than Portugal.

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