On Monday, while police continued their search, indigenous people from the Vale do Javari area demonstrated against the Bolsonar government – against the invasion of the original lands and defended the work of Phillips and Pereira, the Folha de S. Paulo said.
Phillips and Pereira did not arrive by boat on June 5, as planned, in the town of Atalaia do Norte in the far west of Brazil, according to the regional natives organization. Pereira had previously reported to the police that he had been threatened several times. Indigenous peoples, family members, friends and colleagues have expressed concern that the search for the two missing is slow and not determined enough. The UN Human Rights Office has called on the Brazilian authorities to step up their efforts.
The reports contradict each other
Phillips has lived in Brazil for 15 years and worked for the British newspaper The Guardian. He had previously traveled with Pereira, who also worked for indigenous authority in the region, in the hard-to-reach Javari Valley, where they were now sought after. Most recently, the 57-year-old was researching a book on the Amazon.
While, for example, the Brazilian news portal “G1”, referring to the reporter’s wife, said the bodies of both men had been found, federal police and indigenous umbrella organizations denied the information.
According to a report by the British newspaper The Guardian, an employee of the Brazilian ambassador to London told Phillips’ family on Monday that two bodies could be found that could be the bodies of the missing. “He didn’t describe the place, he just said it was in the rainforest and they were tied to a tree and not identified,” the Guardian quoted Paul Sherwood, Phillips’ brother-in-law.