More than 6,000 indigenous people marched in Brasilia on Monday to protest against the policies of President Jair Bolsonaro's administration and demand the end of illegal mining in the Amazonian reserves.

The march progressed peacefully along the esplanade next to government ministries until they reached the mines and energy ministry, outside which they dumped mud and red paint representing the destruction and death caused by illegal mining.

Brazilian flags were also smeared with red ink as were large boxes symbolic of ingots of gold -- one of the most sought-after minerals in the largest tropical rainforest on the planet -- on which protesters stamped the word "crime."

The "march against 'garimpo' (illegal mining) that kills and deforests" sought to pressure the government to prevent the approval of a bill that seeks to legalize illegal mining in indigenous reserves, the majority of them located in the Brazilian Amazon.