Two journalists are expelled and one is fined for cover occupation of Belo Monte

Two journalists are expelled and one is fined for cover occupation of Belo Monte

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Ruy Sposati and Lunaé Parracho, Altamira (PA)
On the international day of freedom of the press, three reporters were prevented from conducting journalistic coverage of the occupation of the construction of the Belo Monte hydroelectric power plant, on Friday, 3, at Para. Two of them were removed for about one hundred men of the Federal Police, riot gear, Rotate and forces, and a third was fined 1,000 dollars. An activist was also expelled from the construction site.
Three days ago, about 150 Indians from eight people hit by the construction of dams on the rivers Tapajós, Xingu and Teles Pires occupy the main building of the dam, the Belo Monte Dam Site, demanding that the work be suspended until they are heard by the federal Government.
On Friday, was denied by the Federal Court an application for repossession of Power against the North. However, the Consórcio Construtor Belo Monte (CCBM) also asked the State Court to grant repossession against non-Indians who were at the construction site. Judge Cristina Sandoval Collier of 4a. Civil Court of Altamira granted the request, which led to the expulsion of two journalists and the application of penalty in a third.
The three journalists-the Reuters photographer, Lunaé Brill, the indigenous missionary Council, journalist Ruy Sposati and the correspondent for Radio France Internationale (RFI) in Brazil, François Cardona-has performed daily coverage of events involving the action of indigenous people against the construction of large dams that affect their territories. The RFI on Saturday published a story on the expulsion suffered by the corresponding.
“This decision is absolutely meaningless,” says lawyer Para human rights society (SDDH), Sérgio Martins. “It is technically inconsistent. There are a dozen cases here as well. It is as if any justification of the Consórcio Construtor Belo Monte (CCBM) was enough for the Justice grant injunctions in favour of them, “he says.
For Sergius, the State Court decision was political. “This is 2011, in fact. Was a remaining interdict that justice never extinguished and that now, a year and a half later, was transformed into repossession. It aims to take all the support and solidarity of the non-indigenous people, and eliminate the press coverage in the field. It was a purely political decision, the legal point of view. “points.
The SDDH will a lawsuit demanding that is guaranteed access of journalists to the site of the occupation.
In new letter released Saturday, 4, the Indians who occupy the construction site were concerned with the press ban in place. According to the document, “the press coverage helps a lot” to “convey our voice to the world”.
“Our protest is peaceful. We are asking to be heard. Why they don’t want journalists here? “asks the Munduruku Ryan Warrior. “If anything happens, the responsibility of the Government”.

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