Joint Operational Command builds base on Yanomami landJoint Operational Command builds base on Yanomami land

Manaus (AM) – The Armed Forces have finalized the assembly of the Pakilapi Base, which will serve to support the actions of Operation Catrimani II, in the Yanomami Indigenous Land, in coordination with the Roraima Government House.

The new base will be used by public security agencies and bodies to protect the indigenous people and their communities in the region. The installation of the temporary camp, with a structure designed to accommodate around 50 people, guarantees the presence of the State in a strategic position on the Yanomami Indigenous Land.

To build the new base, several obstacles had to be overcome. Isolated areas, dense forests, precarious roads, as well as conditions that hindered the progress of some of the constructions. Given the importance of the project for carrying out the activities, a major logistical effort was made, with aircraft from the Brazilian Air Force (H-36), the Brazilian Army (HM-2) and the Brazilian Navy (UH-15). In addition to the aircraft, the mission deployed the ground convoy of the Component Ground Force to assist in the delivery of food, supplies, fuel, equipment and the transportation of medical teams. In addition, the 6th Construction Engineering Battalion built a water castle in order to provide drinking water to those staying there.

The inauguration of the base is an important step forward for Operation Catrimani II, as it will make it possible to intensify patrol actions and the effort to combat illegal mining on the indigenous land. To this end, the temporary camp will have camp beds, cooking equipment, power generators, tents, among other survival items.

Catrimani II Joint Command

Operation Catrimani II is a joint action between Public Security bodies, Agencies and the Armed Forces, in coordination with the Roraima Government House, in the temporary and episodic use of resources in the Yanomami Indigenous Land, in compliance with GM-MD Ordinance No. 1511, of March 26, 2024, which aims to act in a preventive and repressive manner against illegal mining, cross-border illicit activities and environmental crimes.

The operation achieved its first results with the seizure and destruction of a helicopter during an operation in the Yanomami Indigenous Land on April 7 and 8. In coordination with IBAMA, the military also destroyed equipment and dismantled five illegal mining camps in the Rangel, Xitei Pupunha and Homoxi regions.

The months of April and May were marked by more than 2,000 raids carried out by the Armed Forces, with the participation of public security bodies and agencies, in coordination with the Roraima Government House.

The work of dismantling illegal activities in the Yanomami Indigenous Land is a major challenge for the Operation, due to the difficulty of access through the dense forests, the weather conditions which are not always favorable at this time of year and the degraded infrastructure for aircraft landings. However, in the face of a challenging scenario, the collective effort of the Armed Forces and other agencies makes the actions possible.

*** Translated by DEFCONPress FYI Team ***

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