Belo Monte workers support indigenous occupying construction site

Belo Monte workers support indigenous occupying construction site

 

May 4, 2013-11:54 — Marcelo

In the morning of day 3, about 2 thousand workers cheered up an indigenous group that was the accommodation dialogue with the workers

 

5/4/2013 

Ruy Sposati

of Altamira (PA)

 

About 100 men of the National Force, shock troops of the military police and civilian police arrived to the main construction of the Belo Monte hydroelectric power plant, in Pará, on the last day 3 to comply with an injunction. The State Court granted application for repossession against “whites” who were present in the occupation, which began the day 2. Two journalists covering the action and a researcher were taken from the site by police. The Indians, in turn, have launched new letter reaffirming agenda vindicatory – read below in its entirety.

In the morning of day 3 about 2 thousand workers cheered up an indigenous group that was the accommodation dialogue with the workers. “Workers who live in accommodation in support,” says new Charter of indigenous peoples.

“[The workers] have given dozens of testimonials about problems living here. Are sympathetic to our cause. They understand. Both they and we are in peace. Both they and we want the workers to be brought into the city. The Consórcio Construtor Belo Monte needs to facilitate the withdrawal of short-term workers and ensure they shelter in the city, “says the document.

Later, police accompanied Social Joint Secretariat Advisor of the General Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic, Avelino Ganzer, until the busy construction site. Ganzer indigenous presented to the proposal that a Committee set by they converge in Altamira (PA), next Monday, 6, with an inter-ministerial group. The Indians refused and demanded the presence of the group in the busy construction site, so that everyone can participate in the conversation.

“If they want to talk, they will have to come up here. We will not for Altamira. We were already very behind the Government and now we want them to come to us, “said Ryan Munduruku. In this context, the Indians have launched a new letter demanding, among other things, that the company remove workers accommodation-in construction site, 5 thousand workers sleep on the site of the power plant works.

 

Letter

“We are here to talk with the Government. We don’t have a list of specific claims or requests for you, “says the new letter, referring to Belo Monte Consórcio Construtor (CCBM) and Northern power, concessionaire of the work.

In the document, the indigenous reaffirmed that are taking up the construction site requiring prior consultation, on the basis of the Convention 169 of the ILO, the suspension of the works and ongoing licensing and end of police operations on indigenous lands.

 

Read the document the natives in full:

Occupation letter No. 2: On the agenda of our occupation of Belo Monte

We are not here to negotiate with the Consórcio Construtor Belo Monte. We are not here to negotiate with the North Energy utility company. We don’t have a list of specific claims or requests for you.

We are here to talk with the Government. To protest against the construction of large projects which definitely impact our lives. To require that regulated the law that will ensure and perform the consultation-i.e. before studies and constructions! Finally, and most importantly, we occupy the construction site to require prior consultation is carried out about building projects in our lands, rivers and forests.

And so the Government needs to stop everything you are doing. Need to suspend the works and studies of dams. Need to take the troops and cancel police operations in our lands.

The Belo Monte dam construction site is occupied and paralyzed. Workers who live in accommodation in support and gave dozens of testimonials about problems living here. Are sympathetic to our cause. They understand. Both they and we are in peace. Both they and we want the workers to be brought into the city. The Consórcio Construtor Belo Monte needs to facilitate the withdrawal of short-term workers and ensure they shelter in the city.

We do not  leave as the Government does not meet our claim.

 

Belo Monte dam construction site, Vitoria do Xingu, May 3, 2013

 

One thought on “Belo Monte workers support indigenous occupying construction site

  1. The Federal Court denied the order to remove the Indians from the construction site of the Belo Monte dam. There is no order of repossession. >>>—————————>

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