“Belo Monte is the largest center of slavery that exists”

“Belo Monte is the largest center of slavery that exists”

The construction of the Belo Monte dam were the March of the day April 24 in Brasilia denounced the situation of workers in the power plant

Protest on April 24 in Brasilia against the repression in Belo Monte

Diego Cruz Newsroom

Among the 20 thousand workers and students who occupied the Brasilia in April 24 highlighted a small but representative delegation. Carrying banners and flags, about 10 workers who participated in the strike in the construction of the Belo Monte hydroelectric plant in early April were in March denouncing the precarious situation in which survive the thousands of workers.

We were in slavery, because we go out in search of a dream and in time will see is a big nightmare,” vents Marco Mendes, 32-year-old worker fired after mobilization. With the uniform of Paysandu, time of Bethlehem, and holding the flag of PSTU, Marco is unable to contain the outrage. “It’s a shame for the Brazilian people; Rousseff and Lula say that the dictatorship is over but not over there. In the 21st century in Belo Monte live in adictatorship, “he says.

 To see the interview, some companions of Marco approach. Want to also talk about their situation, something they could not do in Belo Monte where they were permanently guarded by armed men from the National Security Force. “We lived in sight of the police, in the few times that we could get out of bed, when returned, our things were all searched by the police,” said Joaquim Soares, or “JJ”, 33 years worker who, like many others, was misled on the promises and the reality found in the construction site. “Belo Monte is the largest center of slavery that exists and the media can’t show what happens there“, denounces.


Strike and repression

The latest strike in Belo Monte was sparked on April 5 by site workers Pimental. Soon after, the spread for the Belo Monte dam site, reaching something like 10 thousand workers. Among the main claims, amazing requirements be made in the 21st century, as the “downloaded from 3 months”, that is, the right of every 90 days, the worker spend 10 days at home. Not to mention the precarious conditions of accommodation and food.

At first they talk that is 3 months, but when it comes there must be 6 months and then they release you 7 days to stay at home. Then after 7 days they start you press; ‘ or back or is fired, ‘ “reports Edvaldo Gonçalves da Siva, 35-year-old worker from the city of Bom Jesus de Tocantins (700 miles from Bethlehem) and who worked at the site of the Belo Monte dam since October last year. “We call the Consortium and the Sintrapav (Union of workers in heavy construction Industries), but don’t listen to us,” he complains.

 Gore was working on Canaan dos Carajás when it was contacted by a friend of Maraba who worked at Odebrecht. “Promised worlds and backgrounds, but getting there, I saw it was all different,” he says. However, more than the precarious working conditions and low wages, what else has caused indignation of the workers is the role fulfilled by the National Security Force, the police force subject to the Ministry of Justice and the Federal Government and that, in practice, a private security role of the Belo Monte hydroelectric Consortium.

You’re there working and has a policeman pointing a rifle at his head, is the dictatorship?” asks. The performance of the police includes magazine on input and output of construction sites, in addition to frequent magazines in the dorms. But the prerogative of jobsite police work goes far beyond, to the point that the police themselves decide who was dismissed or not. “Who demitia was the National Force and Rotate (Metropolitan Tactical Rounds); they picked his badge and sent pro RH and from there sent though“, denouncing Gore.

The strike started on April 5 lasted six days and finished with a balance of 1500 dismissed 600 workers at the site, Pimental and 900 Belo Monte and the complete omission of Sintrapav. During this period, workers were confined at the jobsites, kept in private prison by force. “For us to get out of bed, had to go to the Prosecutor’s Office of Altamira, nor the public defenders were able to enter,” says JJ. The CSP-Conlutas if placed alongside the workers since the beginning of the mobilizations, as well as the PSTU. Councilman Helen R (PSTU-Bethlehem) traveled to Altamira with a parliamentary Committee provide solidarity.

The now Belo Monte ex-operários were dismissed but, under the strong sun from the cerrado brasiliense, were far from seem discouraged. “We’ve left the job, but we’re denouncing this absurd and seeking improvement to our companions who are still there,” says Marco Mendes.



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