BELO MONTE ALERT

BELO MONTE ALERT
Eighty men from the National Security Force and military police of Altamira, Pará, accompanied by a bailiff, fulfilled this afternoon an order of repossession for the removal of “non-Indians” of the area where the Office of the CCBM-Consórcio Construtor of Belo Monte. The site was occupied by a group of about 120 Indians from various ethnic groups, the majority of the Munduruku tr…ibe, in protest against the construction of the Belo Monte hydroelectric plant on the Xingu River, and dozens of other plants in the rivers Tapajós and Teles Pires. The Indians are protesting against the Government’s decision not to engage in dialogue with local communities and not to carry out the consultation provided for by law. The military withdrew three journalists who had the drive, including a cameraman for a French TV and a freelance photographer of Reuters. The Indians tried to prevent journalists were expelled, claiming that they were the only witnesses in the case of a violent action on the part of the military, who wore bulletproof vests, helmets and shields to confrontational situations and were armed with rifles and shotguns. But the journalists decided to comply with the court order, despite not agreeing with her, to avoid confrontation. This is not the first time that the Consórcio Construtor and Norte Energia, company responsible for Belo Monte, resort to judicial injunctions to curtail the work of the press. Last year, in similar situations, companies have obtained court injunctions “probitório interdict”, to prevent journalists and environmentalists accompany demonstrations against the construction of the power plant. We have a poor contact by phone with one of the journalists expelled from the site, which we spoke of concern for the safety of Indians, since there is no way to predict what might happen if the military decides to use force against the protesters. The men of the National Strength and PM expected output of Liberal TV team, who also worked at the site of the protest, to comply with the order to expel the other journalists who remained there and prevent the action was recorded. But journalists have made images and pictures of the arrival of the military and they were expelled. A reporter for the site G1 was also informed of the facts.
foto~LUNAE PARRACHO / REUTERS
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