Indigenous organizations denounce illegal gold miners' crimes since 2009
Several indigenous organizations issued a statement on this matter
According to the statement, unauthorized Brazilian gold miners had committed "physical violence, abuses against women, and mercury pollution in water, which has caused the death of several Yanomani indigenous people." They added that the authorities "had not implemented effective measures" to evict Brazilian gold miners out of the area.
Regional Organization of Amazonian Indigenous People, United Piaroa of Sipapo Indigenous Organization, Yekuana Organization of Alto Ventuari, Indigenous Organization Jivi Kalievirrinae, Yanomami Organization, among other indigenous organizations signed the statement.
Three alleged survivors stated that the massacre apparently had taken place in the Irotatheri Yanomami community in Amazonas state, which had been attacked with firearms and explosives, resulting in an "unspecified number of fatalities" in an 80 indigenous people community.
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.