Violence against Brazil natives up

AFP

Violence against indigenous Brazilians more than tripled between 2011 and 2012, often due to land feuds, a new report said Thursday.

A total of 1,276 natives were the target of attacks last year, compared with 378 in 2011, the Indigenous Missionary Council said in its annual survey.

Some 60 indigenous people were murdered in Brazil last year, compared to 51 the previous year, the report said.

More than half of the murders, 37, occurred in the central state of Mato Grosso do Sul, the scene of fierce land disputes, it added.