The purpose behind these evictions is allegedly to profit from carbon offsetting schemes.
Affected community members have reported being woken by armed forest rangers who begin to dismantle their homes. These operations, as per governmental claims, are intended for environmental protection. However, critics argue that the motive lies in gaining complete territorial and financial control over a potentially lucrative asset – the forest.
As of now, approximately 700 individuals, including women and children, have been affected by the eviction process that started on November 2nd. These activities continue despite a 2017 court ruling that affirmed the community’s right to reside on their ancestral lands and necessitated government consultation on projects impacting their territory.