RIO DE JANEIRO —
Brazilian indigenous leaders left the Amazon rainforest for Rio de Janeiro to push for land rights on Friday, the opening day of the city’s famous Carnival, as critics accused campaigners of politicizing one of the world’s biggest parties.
Artists from the Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school, one of Rio’s traditional dance academies, invited indigenous leaders to Rio because their theme for this year’s float parade is “Xingu: The Clamor that Comes from the Forest.”
Deep in the Amazon, indigenous activists say the Xingu region of lush foliage and flowing rivers is threatened by proposed dams, agricultural plantations and infrastructure projects. Those themes are showcased in the school’s floats, costumes and elaborate dance…