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Scaling The Heights For Galdino

banner for Pataxo warrior Galdino murdered in 1997

Scaling the walls in bold broad daylight action to put up banner for Galdino in Brazil

Galdino De Jesus Santos was an indigenous Patoxo activist who was tragically murdered in Brazil’s capital Brasilia in 1997. Attending an indigenous rights meeting, Galadino  missed the last bus to his lodging and as is the custom of many in brasil ; Galdino went to sleep on a sidewalk to wait for the first bus in the morning.The sons of the capital’s elite judges and lawyers poured gasoline on the sleeping Galdino & as a joke, lit him on fire.He died from burns to 90% of his body.The actions of the murderers being indicative of how those with economic power in Brazil treat those they percieve as powerless.Indigenous Resistence attended the trial of Galdino’s murderers where they met his family who showed us the coroners photos of Galdino’s charred corpse.I.R was also witness to the special treatment and light punishment meted out to Galdino’s murderers.
In the years since his death we have witnessed how in Brazil the media has  given a definately muted coverage when it comes to remembering Galdino’s murder.This has been in contrast to the high visibility given each year to the death of the journalist Tim Lopes. As some have pointed out ,really dealing with Galdino’s case means touching on many pertinent issues like the current abymsal state  of indigenous rights in brazil with issues such as land demarcation and  the exploitation of resources on indigenous ancestral lands.Hence the silience.
These lyricals by tapedave aptly describe the dynamics :
For Galdino
the poor die forgotten swept under the rug
the rich & famous gossip is their nightly drug
news is news if everyone knows your name
the poor die their fault they’re to blame

the rich and famous die and get the media hiphophype
the rich and famous die and get the media hiphophype
die indigenous
murdered even
and it’s not news
not even
one
piece
of
type

Over the years I.R  has done various projects touching on the case of galdino  for example IR1 the blue vinyl lp feat dr das& UR among others, IR11 the seven ich single feat dubdem ,zumbi, dr das, steven stanley and the information poster Instinto Revolucionario. Now as more than 11 years since his murder  has  passed, IR is determined  not to let this be one more incident of  injustice swept under the rug.Currently IR are working with deeder zaman ( http://www.deederzaman.com) adrian sherwood ,on u sound crew ,d.watts riots,patoxo singers and zumbi for new tracks entitled “Galdino 2010” and while that is being completed we have embarked on a poster campain.Posters about Galdino, Atenco, anti -sexism posters, indigenous resistance in the Amazonias created by tapedave ,dubdem and anarchists from uruguay   have been put up around various places in Brasil. With artwork from dubdem  IR created a huge banner of Galdino and with the help of our co conspirators labomb  ..a bold daylight action was carried out where literally walls were scaled in order to put  up a big banner of Galdino on top of a  big building  in the center of one of Brazil’s largest cities. Five mintes after the banner was illegally ( according to babylon’s laws ) erected , police appeared on patrol on the very spot the banner had just been erected.However by that time the deed has safely  carried accomplished and we had disappeared . Special thanks to our comrades labomb!!!Long live the memory of Galdino!!!!UPDATED NEWSFLASH .The very generous adrian sherwood just finished doing a sweet and deadly mix of “Galdino 2010” with deeder zaman vocals. dr das bass,zumbi ,the ghost and pataxo singers. Deeder will be performing the track live with duddem soundsystem at a free street gig in brasil on febuary 21 in conjunction with labomb creating wall of grafitti & stencils honoring Galdino and other acts of indigenous resistance.This is a free family event and will be held at 15 :00 at cohab 5 ,carapicuiba .!

2 Responses to “Scaling The Heights For Galdino”

  1. […] Land issues are a bit problem down that way, however Galdino is not forgotten, and nor will his fight for acknowledgement and rights for his people that live in the colour-coded society that is […]

  2. […] up on the recent post regarding Galdino de Jesus Santos, a Pataxo Indian who was brutally murdered by elite sons of elite […]


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