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Gold miners carve illegal ‘road to chaos’ in Amazon reserve

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Rio de Janeiro: Few aerial photographs released by a reconnaissance mission show an attempt to smuggle excavators into Brazil’s largest indigenous territory.

The surveillance plane left the runway and banked west toward the front line of one of Brazil’s most dramatic environmental and humanitarian crises, The Guardian reported.

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In a daring attempt to smuggle diggers into protected lands, illegal mining mafias have dug a 120 km (75 mile) secret route through the jungles of Brazil’s largest indigenous territory in recent months.

“I call it the road to chaos,” said Danicley de Aguiar, the Greenpeace conservationist leading the reconnaissance mission above the huge indigenous sanctuary near Brazil’s border with Venezuela.

According to the ecologist, such heavy machinery had never been detected before in the Yanomami territory – a collection of mountains, rivers and forests the size of Portugal in the far north of the Brazilian Amazon.

“We think there are at least four diggers in there – and that takes mining in Yanomami territory to the next level, to a colossal level of destruction,” the forest campaign manager said, as his team prepared to take flight to confirm the existence of the road, The Guardian reported.

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