Campaigners cheer Amazon victory

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LONDON (AFP) — Campaigners fighting for the land rights of the Amazon rainforest’s indigenous groups celebrated Friday their victory in Brazil’s Supreme Court, saying it came as a “tremendous relief”.

The court upheld the integrity of a vast native reserve, paving the way for the eviction of white farmers who have resisted leaving, in a 30-year dispute over the rights of native groups to lands in Brazil.

In a 10-1 vote Thursday, the tribunal’s judges reaffirmed the borders of the Raposa Serra do Sol reserve and ordered the rice farmers’ expulsion.

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