Felicio Pontes Jr on Belo Monte~
by Fatima Marques~
Por que a construção de Belo Monte é…: “Felicio Pontes Jr explicando por que a Usina de Belo Monte é ILEGAL.
This is what Felicio Pontes Jr is saying in this video, about Belo Monte:
” The process of construction of the Belo Monte Dam is illegal and it is illegal since its inception. Its inception means that the ndigenous people that will be directly affected by this project should be consulted. In Volta Grande do Xingu, one of the most fantastic places of biodiversity in the world, there are two indigenous ethnic groups, these two will be without their river, then they deserve to be consulted, not only on behalf of the International Convention of the OIT but on the Constitution of Brazil and the Brazilian government did not that. Belo Monte is a project different of any other hydroelectric projects in Brazil because it will make one side of the dam run dry and the other side will fill. Usually in Brazil there is only the impact of filling areas of forest where a dam is built. In Belo Monte we have the two impacts. So, the part where there are indigenous, in Volta Grande do Xingu, 100 km of river, will become almost dry and this is an area where there are 372 species of fishes, some of these species exist only there and they will disappear. So, Belo Monte produces a terrible impact, not only social, by the need of removing these populations, but as an environmental impact, because of the species, both flora and fauna, that will disappear and that means, ultimately, that we are denying to the future generations access to this amazing biodiversity that is the Big Bend of the Xingu. It is possible to stop it because there is a great social screams, the people, not only from Amazon, but mainly from central-south of Brazil that would receive this energy, they are convinced that Belo Monte is a mistake. It is a mistake from the social point of view, from the environmental point of view, but also from the economic one. Our struggle has been in the direction of paralyzing the process of Belo Monte. Why? Because, both from the standpoint of environmental, social or economic, it is unworkable and it has been proven so. Now, what we are addressing, after 14 prosecutions, after 14 actions, is that these actions come as soon as possible to the Superior Court, which is the place, the last instance in Brazil, where a process can be judged and then yes, it can be definitely paralyzed, in the face of so many illegalities that took place throughout the licensing process of the plant of Belo Monte.” FELÍCIO PONTES JR