Occupation against dams in the Amazon follows in building Belo Monte (PA)

Occupation against dams in the Amazon follows in building Belo Monte (PA)

Uploaded by: Administrator at 5/2/2013. Source: Media Advisory-Cimi

By Ruy Sposati,

of Altamira (PA)

Photo: Cerca de 200 indígenas afetados pela construção de hidrelétricas ocuparam nesta quinta-feira, 2, o principal canteiro de obras da Usina Hidrelétrica Belo Monte, no Pará. Eles reivindicam a regulamentação da consulta prévia e a suspensão imediata de todas as obras e estudos relacionados às barragens nos rios Xingu, Tapajós e Teles Pires. A tropa de choque da Polícia Militar já esperava pelos indígenas, porém não conseguiu os barrar. (Foto: Adenilson Nunes)</p><br /><p>*** Leia a íntegra da carta divulgada pelos indígenas:</p><br /><p>Nós somos a gente que vive nos rios em que vocês querem construir barragens. Nós somos Munduruku, Juruna, Kayapó, Xipaya, Kuruaya, Asurini, Parakanã, Arara, pescadores e ribeirinhos. Nós somos da Amazônia e queremos ela em pé. Nós somos brasileiros. O rio é nosso supermercado. Nossos antepassados são mais antigos que Jesus Cristo.</p><br /><p>Vocês estão apontando armas na nossa cabeça. Vocês sitiam nossos territórios com soldados e caminhões de guerra. Vocês fazem o peixe desaparecer. Vocês roubam os ossos dos antigos que estão enterrados na nossa terra.</p><br /><p>Vocês fazem isso porque tem medo de nos ouvir. De ouvir que não queremos barragem. De entender porque não queremos barragem.</p><br /><p>Vocês inventam que nós somos violentos e que nós queremos guerra. Quem mata nossos parentes? Quantos brancos morreram e quantos indígenas morreram? Quem nos mata são vocês, rápido ou aos poucos. Nós estamos morrendo e cada barragem mata mais. E quando tentamos falar vocês trazem tanques, helicópteros, soldados, metralhadoras e armas de choque.</p><br /><p>O que nós queremos é simples: vocês precisam regulamentar a lei que regula a consulta prévia aos povos indígenas. Enquanto isso vocês precisam parar todas as obras e estudos e as operações policiais nos rios Xingu, Tapajós e Teles Pires. E então vocês precisam nos consultar.</p><br /><p>Nós queremos dialogar, mas vocês não estão deixando a gente falar. Por isso nós ocupamos o seu canteiro de obras. Vocês precisam parar tudo e simplesmente nos ouvir.

About 200 Indians of Xingu, Tapajós rivers and Teles Pires affected by the construction of hydropower plants occupied on Thursday, 2, the biggest construction site of four open to the Belo Monte, works in the municipality of Vitória do Xingu (PA), the 50 kilometers of Altamira. In a letter released after the occupation, the Indians claim the rules of prior consultation and the immediate suspension of all works and studies related to dams in rivers where they live.

Together a hundred villages of Munduruku Jacareacanga and Itaituba, in the West of Pará, Juruna, indigenous Kayapo, Xipaya, Kuruaya, Asurini, Parakanã and Macaw, as well as fishermen and bordering the Volta Grande do Xingu, arrived at around 11:30 at the construction site, paralyzing the work of about 6 thousand workers of the construction site.

Rotate troops already were in place when the Indians arrived. A group of riot gear was also sent to the construction site. There was no confrontation and the situation remained quiet until the early evening.

“Our forest and our river are one of the last assets of Brazil. It is sad to think: why do so many dams a river only? “asks Saw Exebu, spokesman for the General cacique of Munduruku. It is the first time I Saw see the construction of a dam. “I’m seeing the weight of the work here. We do not want this to happen in our lands. We don’t want that to be built dams in our House, “he says.

To Saw, the Government is wanting to build these works as if there were life in the places and points out that “in fact, if there is desert, has life as well, and it needs to be respected,” he says. The Munduruku recalls the teachings of their ancestors on the nature: “our world and vision, the non-Indian does not understand. White comes and says: already has so much Indian land ´, indium is lazy, ´ is not productive. We understand that this nature is not to accumulate great wealth. We learned from our ancestors. We know that it needs to be respected, that a tree is useful for us, that the river is important, nature, animals, small insects. The US depends on it. The standing forest of life, gives food. So we say that nature is our mother “.

The wisdom of Saw seems to be affronted when your eyes roam the dam construction site. “The non-Indian society does not understand, can’t understand that we have our own food, we have no supermarket, shopping, we have no University. We have nature, it is she who teaches us and gives everything, “he adds.
The native believes that, with the construction of dams, as well as the destruction of nature, the Munduruku also will lose part of their land. “Our ancestors are that our lands would be de Belém to the headwaters of the Tapajós. Was great our world. We had too much land losses already. Now comes “, points out.

Alliance

“Legend has it that a Munduruku says that we should not fight alone. So we came here, along with the relatives of the Xingu, making Alliance. The indigenous population and the people of Brazil all have to make this Alliance to tackle projects that take our territories. The Government has to respect us, “said Saw.
The Munduruku traveled about 900 km to the Belo Monte dam. “We came here to do, to fight against the Government’s plans violate the rights of indigenous peoples. Here is the moment we claim, charging, because no one hears. It is our right to be heard “.
About the accusations that the Munduruku would be declaring war against the Brazilian State, the spokesman is clear-cut: “we just want our rights. Our past head hunter. Our struggle is no longer so, as well as the ways of the whites have changed a lot. Today we want our rights guaranteed by the Constitution, “explains Saw.

Deceived

According to Luis Gonzaga, Xipaya indigenous inhabitant of the Volta Grande do Xingu, most affected by the stretch of the River, the Indians feel cheated by the federal Government. “The Government, and, about our situation here. Mind for us even at the meetings, and lie out. Nothing is being fulfilled. We have not been consulted. Is not the way the Government talks. Why just listen to the Government? “he asks.
George stresses the closed by indigenous peoples Alliance of the Teles Pires rivers Tapajós and Xingu, which will have their territories affected by power plants. “We join here, we ask the support of the Munduruku relatives for us to unite and fight together. The situation is not just for us here in the Xingu. There are also trying to build [dams], in the rio Tapajós. They came here so we can fight together, and we are ready to go to there to fight along with them “, he concludes.

Decree and murder

Instead of dialogue, the output produced by the federal Government for workers, indigenous, bordering, fishermen and other traditional communities affected by the projects was the Decree of President Dilma Rousseff No. 7957/2013 . Of preventive or repressive character “”, the measure creates the Environmental Operations company of the National Public Security Force, having as one of its tasks “assistance to carry out surveys and technical reports on negative environmental impacts”.

Still in Pará, the Munduruku people and traditional communities are mobilized against the Hydroelectric Complex of the Tapajos and Teles Pires, which involves a set of plants and dams . During the last month of April, about 250 soldiers of the National Force and the Navy were displaced, by request of the Ministry of mines and energy, on the basis of the provisions of the Decree 7957, for municipalities where focus areas affected by enterprises, in addition to traditional occupation of territory claimed by the Munduruku people.

In November last year, a Munduruku Indian was killed in Federal police attack the village Teles Pires , on the border of Pará with the Mato Grosso, and such death refers to the Charter of the indigenous. In the context of the document, there are also other forms of non-compliance with the federal Government, as the holy place of Sete Quedas, cachoeira do rio Teles Pires, where are buried the ancestors of the indigenous and the record of the history of the Munduruku Muraycoko Warrior, what the surrounding society calls archaeological site, which will be flooded by the dam dams.

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