5/18/2013 7:48 pm
Ethnic Indians terena continue occupying the Buriti farm in Sidrolândia, 70 km from Campo Grande. The group, at least 180 people, was already around the property since the early hours of Wednesday (15) and Saturday (18), surrounded the headquarters and the owners were removed from the site by the Federal Police (PF). The Federal Court determined that the indigenous group would have to leave the farm to 3:0 pm (MS) today, but the terenas refused to leave the property. The PF is on the spot doing trading with the Indians.
According to Cledinaldo, native leader of the region, have not entered in the terenas owners, just in the backyard and in the area around the farm.
He said although the terenas won’t leave Earth and who are already preparing the soil for planting, since they consider the area as.
According to the Superintendent of the Federal Police in Mato Grosso do Sul, Edgar Paul Marcon, the goal of the police is to negotiate until the last moment. If the Indians do not accept the negotiation and refusing to leave the area, the police will ask for reinforcements and fulfill the repossession.
After the occupation, the property owner, Ricardo Bacha filed an application for repossession, which was granted, on a preliminary injunction, on the afternoon of Wednesday (15), the judge of the first Federal Court of Campo Grande, Renato Toniasso.
According to Marcom, it is unlikely that the repossession be done today because the police need reinforcements to enter the farm to meet the order. The Prosecutor of the Federal Public Ministry (MPF), Emerson Kalif Sesay, is spot on assisting in the negotiations.
According to the National Indian Foundation (Funai), the terenas claim the acceleration of the process of demarcation of indigenous land Buriti and do not want to leave the place. According to information from Funai, in total, four farms are occupied by Indians in Sidrolândia. The Santa Helena, Querencia and Buriti were occupied in the fourth and fifth Cambará farm (16).
Indigenous Land The Buriti indigenous land was recognized in 2010 by the Ministry of Justice as of permanent possession of the Indians of the terena. The area, located between two brothers do Buriti and Sidrolândia, was bounded in the Ordinance published in the Diário Oficial da União (GIVE) and covers 17,200 hectares. After the Declaration, the process follows to the Civil Cabinet, to the approval of the Presidency of the Republic, which has not yet been made.
For nine years, indigenous communities waited the declaratory order shipment. The identification of the area was approved in 2001 by the Presidency of the Funai, but court decisions have suspended the course of demarcatório procedure.
The Federal Regional Court 3rd region (TRF3) in collegiate judging held in 2006 and on the basis of legal skills, upheld the capabilities of MPF and Funai to, reforming the judgment at first instance, declare the land as indigenous traditional occupation.
LETTER OF SUPPORT TO FIGHT AGAINST DAMS
In Mebêngôkre, of villages Kremoro, Piaracu, Jatoba, Kretire, Bytire, Nasepotiti, and Sokwe, We support our relatives Xirkin, Juruna, Arara, Munduruku and other in the fight against Belo Monte and Tapajos rivers and Teles Pires that threaten the survival of our people.
We reject the sending of the National Force against our relatives in the construction site-maintain occupancy of Belo Monte, for protection of researchers who were doing the feasibility study of the Tapajos River dams and invasion of the village Sai Cinza that ended with the death of a relative Munduruku and with two injured by gunshot of the National Force.
We reject the lack of government dialogue with the indigenous people and the economic groups that want to make changes in the Brazilian Constitution, through their representatives in the The National Congress, as the “ruralists” and the mining companies. We want the Government to adhere to Convention 169 and fulfill its role in the defence of the rights of indigenous peoples to their traditional lands, without which there is no future for us.
In indigenous leadership, Mebêngôkre have always been against the construction of dams or any other action that harm the environment and their populations.
Colider/MT, 10 de maio de 2013.
via Mebêngôkre (Kayapó) – Carta de Apoio a Luta Contra as Barragens.
Ruy Sposati, Sidrolândia (MS)
About 500 indigenous Terena retook four farms that focused on the Buriti, indigenous land in the town of Sidrolandia, State of Mato Grosso do Sul, 70 km from Campo Grande. They claim the demarcation of territory of 17 thousand hectares, declared traditional indigenous occupation by an Ordinance of the Ministry of Justice in 2010. Until the resumed, the Indians held possession of only 3 thousand.
“The other 14 thousand hectares are occupied by 25 farms”, claim the Terena in a letter released on Friday, 17. According to the document, about 5 thousand people live confined in 3 thousand hectares of land, no space for planting. “We take these lands because they are our and because we don’t have land to plant. Our people plan a lot, “they argue. The picture above was taken from the cell phone of one of the roughnecks from one of the farms taken over. Date of March 28 this year. He trains shooting at the offices of the farm San Jose. Querencia
The owner of the farm Buriti, the State Deputy Ricardo Bacha, filed application for repossession against the Indians. The Court decided in favour of the farmer, calling the Federal Police to carry out the evacuation of the area. The Indians fear that the dump is forced during the weekend by soldiers of the Special Military Police platoon. Worries also to be notified of reintegration in the other three farms: Cambará, Saint Helena and São José Querencia-the latter abandoned for years, according to the Terena.
A violent reaction on the part of farmers and roughnecks is also expected by Terena. “While we wrote this letter, many farmers from all over the State of Mato Grosso do Sul are with their trucks forcing to enter the occupation. Roughnecks and heavily armed security guards are around us and teasing. If they spilled our blood, it is the fault of the farmers and the Government which does not give a just in this violence, “says the document.
In the document, the Terena críticam amendments to the Constitution, the National Congress, and the Ordinance of the federal Government: “we have heard the federal Government’s response to our demands: Decree 303, PEC 215, intervention in Funai and orchestrations to halt land demarcation processes”
Terena letter to society: because we are retaking our territory Buriti
We are the Earth’s Indigenous Terena people Buriti. More than 100 years ago, we were expelled from here by the white man’s ambition. 15 years ago we fight to retake our traditional territory.
In this fight we were again expelled from our land in many occasions. Now they want to expel us once again. We write this letter to explain to society because we are fighting for our land, because we accept the return of our territory.
Today, we are 5 thousand people confined in less than half a hectare each. Of the 17 thousand hectares declared territory traditionally occupied by us Terena in 2010 by the federal Government, we have the possession of just 3 thousand. The other 14 thousand hectares are occupied by 25 farms.
This week, we take the Buriti farm, fazenda Cambará, fazenda Santa Helena and the seat of San Jose, Querencia farm abandoned for years-all on our territory.
We take these lands because they are our and because we don’t have land to plant.
Our people very plant. In our resume, we have 350 hectares planted to cassava, corn, potatoes, string bean, sugar cane, pumpkin, watermelon, eucalyptus, maxixe and banana. This is how we live and work. You can imagine how it would be more than a century without their land? This is how we are.
All WINS that we conquered were the fruit of our struggle, our resume. We know that it’s not enough to be waiting for the goodwill of a Government that cedes all pressures of the farmers. We have already heard the federal Government’s response to our demands: Decree 303, PEC 215, intervention in Funai and orchestrations to halt land demarcation processes.
With government support, farmers increasingly are organizing. While we wrote this letter, many farmers from all over the State of Mato Grosso do Sul are with their trucks forcing to enter the occupation. Roughnecks and heavily armed security guards are around us and teasing. If they have shed our blood, it is the fault of the farmers and the Government which does not give a just in this violence.
We say farmers and their gunmen: we are also organized. All people of Mato Grosso do Sul are together in the same fight, and we call all patricians and relatives to help us now in this struggle for life. By land for all of our children.
We want to free our lands and marked. We will resume our lands hectare per hectare. Have been shot, jailed, beaten and dumped many times. But here we’ll stay. This is our speech.
Buriti indigenous land, May 17, 2013
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Friday, May 17, 2013
The federal Government’s decision to suspend the demarcation of indigenous lands in Paraná incited the agrarian conflict in the cities of Guaíra and Terra Roxa, in the western part of the State. The region is experiencing a climate of hostility between farmers and GuaraniIndians, claiming land they consider to be their ancestors. According to the National Indian Foundation (Funai), there are now eight areas occupied in Guaíra and other five in Terra Roxa. Two areas in first city were already being marked, but had the paralyzed by order of the Minister of the Civil House, Gleisi Hoffmann, until other federal agencies, such as Embrapa, manifest on the demarcations.
The story is Denise Paro and published in the newspaper Gazeta do Povo, 5/17/2013.
The indigenous population in the region increased almost tenfold over the past four years, from 140 individuals in 2008 to currently 1,342 461, grouped in families. Many of them came from Mato Grosso do Sul, mainly from Japorã. The Indians live in precarious situation and suffer discrimination from the local population.
Farmers dispute the numbers of Funai and say that there are three areas raided, according to the Rural Union and the national organization of the right to Property (NGO DIP), created recently to defend farmers. Some belong to small producers, have one to three bushels, and go far from large estates, as it claims the group that defends indigenous peoples. For the “ruralists”, not all of which are in the villages are indigenous. “Some are Indians, others are Paraguayans,” says the representative of the NGO Advisory Council DIP, Luciana Possan Weber.
They claim that there are indigenous, commanding the groups who are not able to mobilize and would be coming to the cities of buses and trucks. Another accusation is that the dizzying growth of the indigenous population in the region in recent years meets the interests of what they term “Ngos of evil”. “We have nothing against the Indians. But the more miserable, the more they are manipulated, “says Luciana.
Technical Coordinator of Funai in Guaíra, the Bishop Diogo de Oliveira says that the Indians do not take up productive areas. “The Indians are insignificant areas of property, and does not hinder production.” He also denies that there are Paraguayan Indians in the region. “Has a wide stream of Paraguayans, but not within villages. In the villages there are Indians who were born here. Some of them have relatives in Paraguay, but there is no flow of Paraguayan Indians directed to Guaíra, “he argues.
Indigenous peoples are discriminated against and intimidated, accuses Funai
The tension between the rural sector and the indigenous community echoes in Guaíra. Much of the population is positioned against the employees of Funai, a condition that impairs the guaranis. Indigenous youth who attend school are marginalized and suffer prejudice, according to the indigenous Diogo de Oliveira, of the local Office of Funai. “They are taxed as ‘ invaders ‘ and ‘ bugrinhos ‘,” he says.
Another concern is the growing number of suicides among young people. Only last year were six cases. In the city, cars circulating with stickers whose sentence expresses the rejection to Funai: “Truth, Union, food and a nation. Confiscation No. ” The name of the Funai appears with a Griffin.
Funai officials say that a series of untruths are designed to put the population of Guaira against the organ and take sides against the Indians. Between the information, unsubstantiated according to Oliveira, are the expropriation of urban areas and rural properties throughout the West coast of Paraná, of Guaíra to Foz do Iguaçu. “Attacking the Indians became a political platform,” he says.
The city of Guaíra, in January this year, via Decree, a Cabinet crisis management to deal with the problem. Ahead of labor, the Secretary of planning, James Won, States that the municipality has already talked to the indigenous community and representatives of the rural sector. According to him, the best solution to the problem is the federal, State and local government purchasing an area around Guaíra and give housing to the indigenous conditions. “The expectation of the Indians is to have quality of life and a House to live. The dream is equal to ours, the difference is that they preserve their culture and identity. ” The area would be intended only to Indians from Guaíra, about 960, already registered by the city.
Expressions of support
The South Regional of the indigenous missionary Council (Cimi), connected to the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil, issued a note on its Web site to express support for the Guarani people and Kaingang of Paraná and denounce what he calls “an intense campaign against the territorial rights of the Indians promoted by politicians, farmers and the Government of Paraná”. According to the note, some camps have emerged in late 1980, when the Indians were driven from their land because of the formation of the Lake of the Itaipu plant. The Cimi says that the greatest blame for tension in the region is the federal Government.
Friday, May 17, 2013
With the claim that “the individual right must yield to the preservation of the environment”, the Federal Court suspended the activities of mining in Jacuí River. The decision of judge Damon Hack de Almeida, of the Federal Court of Porto Alegre, was released at the end of yesterday afternoon and prohibits temporarily the three companies that make the removal of the sand dredging.
The information is published by the newspaper Zero Hora, 5/16/2013.
In addition to dealing with the State Environmental Protection Foundation (Fepam), the National Department of Mineral production (DNPM) and Uniãocomo the ground, because they are responsible for monitoring, the injunction prohibits, on the basis of urgency, that the holding is maintained by the society of the Jacuí River sand miners (Smarja), by Adding Mining Company Ltd and by Aro Mineração Ltda.
The decision is the result of a public civil action filed seven years ago by Environmental Techniques and Research Association (APTA). Note that this practice of holding large cause irreparable environmental damage or difficult to repair, the judge ordered the suspension of activities for environmental protection of the river.
For judge, current activities can affect future generations
As the Press Office of the Federal Court in Rio Grande do Sul, a partial skills report formed the basis for the magistrate considers that the extraction results in prejudice to the environment. Monitoring to prove the actual damage to the rio will continue to be made. With the completion of the expert stage, the decision may be reviewed. The delay in the progress of the action would be justified by possibilities of resources available to the defense, that questioned the skills.
However, the suspension is temporary, because the definitive cancellation of licences can only be determined in the sentence. According to the order, she must remain “pending gets scientific safety that the practice of mining is still viable”. For the judge, the “maintenance of activities as has been performed cannot be tolerated because it is exacerbating the situation of Jacuí River and even to compromise your enjoyment by future generations”.
The report came into contact with the attorneys in the three companies cited as the ground into action. The lawyer Grace Castillo Pereira Martins said that the Smarja took science of ban by the press and said that the company will only manifest after knowing the content of the decision. The lawyer Amir José Finocchiaro Sarti, who defends the Sum and the Rim, said the companies will not manifest.
Sand pirates in the crosshairs
It may be mere coincidence, but it is curious that, two weeks after a large Federal Police operation against crimes on environment – among them, facilitating the granting of licences to mining in Guaíba – the Federal Court decides to prohibit sand extraction on the Jacuí River, one of the trainers of the guaibense estuary. Is that companies that are investigated in Operation Concutare, triggered by PF in April, also had now vetoed the permission to mine in Jacuí.
The public civil action which resulted in an injunction forbidding mining in Jacuí, yesterday, is 2006. A former Miner, Ilgo Koppling, was the one who gave momentum to the process, denouncing the devastation caused by extracting sand in this which is one of the largest rivers in Rio Grande do Sul. In 2007, Zero hour followed the trail of destruction and, through photos, videos and testimonials, dredges caught extracting ore criminally in the midst of the Metropolitan beaches. The work resulted in the Pirates series, with which ZH confirmed the destruction of 33 beaches and 10 point and the overthrow of 42 thousand trees that grew on the banks of the Jacuí. The Court decision is temporary and brings good and not so good. The positive side is that it can stop the sack of areas that should be protected. The bad is that the price of sand for construction should go up immediately, no doubt.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
“Announced recently that in the last 10 years, 13 Secretaries of environment occupied the folder in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Already had been denouncing that these positions were being used as political consolation prize that not got success in elections in the State, and were neophytes in the environment “, says the biologist.
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“Crime of responsibility in public administration should be examined at all levels and punished in an exemplary manner. There is talk in other situations, in crimes of fiscal responsibility, but the social and environmental responsibility have not received the proper law “. The weighting is Paul Brack, while criticizing the Federal Court injunction that ordered release all prisoners involved in the Concutare Operation, Federal Police, accused of fraud, corruption and trafficking of influence in environmental licensing schemes in the State Department of the environment and Municipal Environment. “It was a cold water bath to the decision of the judge, who rejected the request of delegates not to coordinate the work. They justified the maintenance of prison so that there was no interference in the investigations. Unfortunately, this type of criminal has a set of well paid lawyers and prepared to dodge their customers at these times. The saddest thing is that it creates a sense of impunity, and typical of Brazil “, in the following interview, granted via email. To Brack, entrepreneurs and Governments “have subjugated the environmental area”, so the licenses are seen as “‘Licensing counters’, incrementing it if a merely bureaucratic structure of ‘ stamp and signature ‘ for a process that is often complex.
The biologist also criticizes the appointment of the new Secretary of the State Department of environment – SEMA, Wnis Pike Fraga Pereira, announced yesterday morning (5/13/2013) by Governor Tarso Genro. “Caught us in part with surprise. Initially, the Governor was informed that would give time for this appointment happens, that did not occur. Unfortunately, the political-partisan aspect prevailed again “.
Paul Brack (pictured below) has a master’s degree in Botany from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul and doctor in ecology and Natural Resources from the Federal University of São Carlos. Since 2006 it is part of the national technical biosafety Commission (CTNBio) and represents the Gaucho Institute of Environmental Studies – Inga, in environmental State Council – Consema RS/RS.
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IHU on-line-what is the operation Concutare? When and why the Federal Police started?
Paul Brack -the Concutare Operation, Federal Police – PF, which was sparked on the last day April 29, brought together some 150 federal police to thwart a scheme of environmental offences that had been investigated for about 10 months. It is crimes involving fraud, corruption and trafficking of influence in environmental licensing schemes in the State Department of Environment and Municipal Environment. Started with 24 indicted for crimes as crimes against public administration and money laundering, among other charges, resulting in temporary arrest of 18 people, among them, the respective Secretaries of environment. Is provided for the indictment of more than 50 people in PF. increasing technical Complaints of environmental agencies would have helped give the clues to disrupt this network of misdemeanors.
IHU on-line-what are the State and local agencies involved in the operation Concutare?
Paul Brack – so far, by the fact that the content of this operation is under wraps, what is known is very little. But the environment – SEMA were evident some cases of corruption in the State Foundation of Environmental Protection Luis Roessler – Fepam, corruption has already admitted by one of the technicians who had received kickbacks from the mining sector. It is also known from other employees, one of them already indicted last year by the State public attorney, for participating in license facilitation scheme in summer megaempreendimentos on the North Coast. Other municipalities would be with irregularities pointed out. In Porto Alegre, dozens of urbanistic developments also present irregularities and, at a minimum, the offense is clear, natural areas, especially in the South. It was agreed to raise the possibility of more than 40 enterprises with irregularities, including the coast.
IHU on-line-what are the main irregularities involving the granting of licences in Rio Grande do Sul?
Paul Brack -the Group would be made up of civil servants, environmental consultants and entrepreneurs. The investigated Act in obtaining and in the expedition illegal concessions of mineral permits and environmental licenses together with environmental control bodies.
On these facts already had some evidence of irregularities, for example, when we talk to State and Federal Prosecutors, through the Inga, the NGO of which I am part. This is some condos which have destroyed forests, wetlands, streams and dunes on the coast, mainly in the cities of Capão da Canoa and Xangrilá, accelerating irreversibly the transformation of landscape areas that are environmental maps of US federal and State Governments as priorities for conservation.
In the case of mining, a few kilometers from Caçapava do Sul (392), was the degradation of the landscape of hills and valleys due to mining of limestone, where huge white clouds spread through the skies, compromising the health of residents and workers in the industry. It seems that if confirmed the lack of an activity that should be monitored closely. The issues of irregular extraction of Jacuí River sand had also been raised.
IHU on-line-what this operation demonstrates on the environmental agenda in public administration?
Paul Brack -what happened is a disgrace to us Gauchos and for most of the technicians of these organs, which are honest people and committed to their work. But the reality is not only the city or the State. The environmental agenda, in Brazil and in this globalized world and “competitive,” has been abandoned or deliberately throttled, or despite of managers-some even arrested in this operation.
Announced recently that in the last 10 years, 13 Secretaries of Environment occupied the folder in. It had been reported that these positions were being used as political consolation prize that not got success in elections in the State, and were neophytes in the environment. But with the game of partisan units, soon got his appointment. This occurred at the State level and in Porto Alegre. And it is common in Brazil.
What you see is the party and the massive use of so-called positions in the Commission without the due technical requirement, often also in the second and third places. If we add the ingredients of corruption now evidenced and the gradual weakening of the environment in terms of infrastructure, personnel, salary and decent work, not to mention the economic pressures, the result is a huge disaster.
Little people know, because the big media hides, protecting the mischief that financed it. But someone will have to pay for this damage to nature, to public service and goods that belong to all. Crime of responsibility in public administration should be examined at all levels and punished in an exemplary manner. There is talk in other situations, in crimes of fiscal responsibility, but the social and environmental responsibility have not received the appropriate jurisprudence. What about the right to information, continue without it.
IHU on-line-After 10 months of investigation by the Federal Police, which culminated in the arrest of 18 people, including the Secretaries of State and Environment of Porto Alegre, the Federal Court decided to release the prisoners of Concutare Operation. What are the limits of Brazilian Justice on environmental damage? How do you see this decision?
Paul Brack -Was a cold water bath to the decision of the judge who rejected not the request of delegates that coordinate the work. They justified the maintenance of prison so that there was no interference in the investigations. Unfortunately, this type of criminal has a set of well paid lawyers and prepared to dodge their customers at these times.
The saddest thing is that it creates a sense of impunity, and typical of Brazil. If there is other strong decisions, and with the help of silence or diversion of the most important facts on the part of major media here in the South, which has put the blame on “delay in permits”, environmental trespass tends to rearrange and damage will be kept without proper accountability. Hopefully I’m wrong.
IHU on-line-the discussions around the Concutare Operation point to the need to investigate cases of corruption and prosecute those involved. However, how to restore the environmental damage caused because of these cases of corruption and undue licensing?
Paul Brack -the environmental licensing in Brazil is under suspicion for a long time. Large companies and Governments have subjugated the environmental area, using up of bullying. Moreover, played a very large and disproportionate weight in licensing, with such “licensing”, counters incrementing it if a merely bureaucratic structure “stamp and signature” for a process that is often complex.
Environments that are subject to licensing have evolutionary stories of thousands or millions of years, and the current process ends up getting disconnected from other items as priority areas for conservation, endangered species, protected areas management, monitoring and environmental management as a whole. The Government itself promotes this antiprecaução rush, for example, with the Program my house my life, which gives small, one month time limits for examination of licenses. Is pretty much the bankruptcy of environmental management at the expense of a supposedly agile licensing, which favors the sectors that have more political and economic weight. To resolve this and punish those responsible for the infringement or corruption, only with a stronger and lasting intervention by external bodies, highlighting here the MPF and MEP, as suggested by the letter of the environmentalists of Apedema and Mogdema, 4/30/2013.
IHU on-line-how to change this logic of corruption within the environmental organs?
Paul Brack- First, the crimes must be foiled in its entirety. Secondly, the public external audits should be carried out frequently and the population should require and charge, calling up for the prosecution, so that the rulers take priority due the environmental agency, fulfilling goals built with the society. The licenses require more transparency and detail information in the electronic pages of the respective bodies. Today this is very poor or non-existent.
The strengthening of the bodies is also important and the people would have to consider as a condition that they had training and flawless trajectory in the area. But it is good to bear in mind that the current economic system is a transgressor by nature. The “freedom” and the “economic growth” are glossing over the interests of those who are in his insatiable greed of infinite accumulation in their business, playing for Earth environmental care needed.
IHU on-line-the Rio Grande do Sul Government appointed doctor Wnis Pike Fraga Pereira, affiliated to the PCdoB, as new State Secretary of the environment. What this appointment means, considering that he does not belong to the environmental area?
Paul Brack -the appointment of the new Secretary of the SEMA, announced by the Governor in this may 13, day took us in part with surprise. Initially, the Governor was informed that would give time for this appointment happens, that did not occur. Unfortunately, the political-partisan aspect prevailed again. In addition, the first statements given by the indicated the Secretary – more a neophyte in the environmental area-were disastrous. Criticized the action of the Federal Police and praised alleged environmental projects of the predecessors that, in practice, do not exist in SEMA. On the other hand, we recognize the possible indication of Nilvo Silva to Fepam corresponding to a technical profile and experience in the field. However, we also hope that the Department of forests and protected areas- Defap, the central organ of SEMA, which takes care of biodiversity, can have someone prepared to the area, and not another strange that lost the elections, breaking with the old party of rigging positions, as has been happening in departments of environment.
By Kwilder in 5/14/2013 in 746
About 300 various indigenous ethnic groups raided the construction site of Belo Monte, provided even with the support of the employees of the construction site invaded. This is one more demonstration that demonstrates the total dissatisfaction of native peoples with a finished structure without which they were consulted and have their rights respected. Participate in the indigenous ethnic Munduruku also occupation, whose territory is invaded by the army and the National Force with the excuse that they will be studies for the construction of it is not known how many hydroelectric plants in the region of the rio Tapajós and the Indians know, by experience, that will not be consulted and so only will suffer the negative impacts of the work.
Around Belo Monte, are already indigenous difficulty having access to water, while in Altamira cases of forced prostitution, child prostitution and an increase in crime and real estate prices, resulting in the expulsion of those poorest of their homes, have become commonplace. The same fear the Mundurukus to happen in your area.
Megaempreendimentos experiences in the Amazon resulting in disaster are fed up. Remember the genocide of Waimir-of personality, in the years 1970, for the construction of the Transamazon highway. At least two thousand were tortured and killed. This not to mention other problems arising from the project, such as change in the course of the rivers, of the quality and quantity of fishing and even the flooding of their lands.
Journalists and TV crews present during the occupation were expelled by the police and threatened. A journalist was even fined for exercising their profession and report what was happening and in no time we saw any revolt on the part of the national media against this clear attack on the press in broad daylight of freedom of expression. On the contrary, there was no lack of subjects with total press tone, both for the federal Government, PT, and Norte Energia responsible for undertaking held to be illegal by the OAS.
Lawyers linked to the indigenous were expelled and Mr Priest Ton (EN) was prevented from entering the occupation to converse with the natives. In scandalous matter of the newspaper O Globo, the Indians were accused of being miners and criminals and in no time the newspaper has tried to listen to the other side, that is, listen to the natives. Do not ask the Globe and other vehicles to adopt favourable position to indigenous rights – historically the mainstream media has always been next to the power of big business and against human rights, but at least try to make journalism and let the other side have space to manifest and at least fend off accusations slanderous and that at least if pretend do journalism and media relations for the Government.
Interests away from people – and of journalism
In another matter, the Globealso, advice is made to Norte Energia and the Federal Police. At any time and their leaders are heard.
Human rights, energy and land model model are not interesting topics to be discussed by the standard Globe of journalism-or by any other vehicle, in many cases even those who say they align with the left if autointitulando “progressives”, but that in the end are just government service that elected them.
When Belo Monte workers or other hydropower plants go on strike, the headlines tell of “vandalism, violence, destruction, chaos”; When construction sites, the media occupy indigenous repeats the buzzwords, increasing charges to the point of calling occupants of criminals, but at no time did wonders about the whys of strikes and occupations.
Anyway, it does not matter that the Government finances, to the companies that sponsor and the bosses, with clear interests and totally away from people – and of journalism.
Raphael Tsavkko Garcia
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