“The Brazilian Government has no interest in respecting indigenous rights”. Special interview with Valdenir Munduruku

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Friday, May 10, 2013

 

“The Brazilian Government has no interest in respecting indigenous rights”. Special interview with Valdenir Munduruku

 

“We wanted the Minister Gilberto Carvalho came here at the construction site to deliver in his hands our claims, so that he could answer directly what actions are possible and which are not, but unfortunately it seems that the dialogue with it will not be possible,” says munduruku leadership.

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“This mandate of repossession is based on information that is not true, i.e. that we are preventing workers from leaving and entering the construction site, saying that we are plundering the wealth of the company. It has been proven, in these days of dialogues, that this is not true “. The Declaration is Valdenir Munduruku, native leader of the Village Teles Pires, in the following interview, granted by phone, after the Indians have received the news that the Federal Regional Court 1the Region – TRF1 granted, on the evening of 5/8/2013, the repossession of the construction of the Belo Monte hydroelectric power plant, in Altamira, Pará.

According to Valdenir Munduruku, the judicial injunction was met with “surprise” hours after they have submitted a document to the Brazilian Government, requesting time to respond to the letter received yesterday afternoon (5/8/2013). “We were surprised with the decision, because by the time we were negotiating and dialoguing with the Government,” said Valdenir Munduruku, IHU on-line, by phone.

A week ago, six indigenous 160 ethnic groups occupied the construction site of the Belo Monte hydroelectric power plant and claimed the presence of Minister Gilberto Carvalho to negotiate their rights. Without any possibility of negotiation, Valdenir  Munduruku  regrets: “This decision of the federal Government, does not meet our claim and send the repossession, shows once again that there is no interest in solving the problems of the indigenous question. We will continue this fight, because we are impacted by these works and we have to fight for our rights “.

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IHU on-line-As the natives who are camped in the construction sites of Belo Monte received the news that the Justice ordered the repossession of the construction of Belo Monte work?

Valdenir Munduruku – we were surprised with the decision, because by the time we were negotiating and dialoguing with the Government. We received a letter from the Government yesterday afternoon (-05-2013), and ask for a time to answer it, but last night we received the notice of repossession. We are still camped out on the jobsite, peacefully, waiting for the bailiff to the mandate.

IHU on-line-what was the content of the letter sent by the federal Government?

Valdenir  Munduruku – the letter said that the Government was willing to engage in dialogue, to schedule a meeting with communities and conduct prior consultations, since we desocupássemos the construction site. It was very clear that it was a letter that does not respond to our demands.

IHU on-line-How the Federal prosecutors appeared before the mandate of repossession of the construction site?

Valdenir Munduruku The prosecution is trying to reverse the situation, because the mandate of repossession is based on information that is not true, i.e. that we are preventing workers from leaving and entering the construction site, saying that we are plundering the wealth of the company. It has been proven, in these days of dialogues, that that’s not true. We were camped for seven days peacefully. We wanted the Minister Gilberto Carvalho came here at the construction site to deliver in his hands our claims, so that he could answer directly what actions are possible and which are not, but unfortunately it seems that the dialogue with it will not be possible. We can only wait to see what will happen from now on.

 

Photo: http://www.telmadmonteiro.blogspot.com.br

IHU on-line-As construction sites workers reacted to occupations?

Valdenir Munduruku – workers fully support our fight, because they understand our suffering and our rights. Several of them have given testimonies in favour of our cause. They also have already performed some demonstrations claiming their rights that are not being met. We’re having a good relationship with the workers and in no time there was conflict between us.

IHU on-line-press reports, was allowed the use of police force to remove the native camp if there is resistance. As the police have acted during this week of demonstrations?

Valdenir Munduruku – The National security force police and Military Police are here in the region, and at that time many of them are on the construction site. However, there was no conflict.

IHU on-line-That new actions to perform from now on, on the mandate of repossession of the construction site?

Valdenir Munduruku -at first we will wait for the court order for repossession and, so that we receive, we will leave the construction site and seeing new ways to fight for our rights.

IHU on-line-what is your feeling before another attempt failed dialog with the Brazilian Government?

Valdenir  Munduruku  -I feel sorry for the Brazilian Government show that has no interest in respecting indigenous rights. We camped out claiming nothing more than our rights. We are not here to ask the boat, motor, car. We are claiming what is ours, that is the law. This decision of the federal Government, does not meet our claim and send the repossession, shows once again that there is no interest in solving the problems of the indigenous question. We will continue this fight, because we are impacted by these works and we have to fight for our rights, to show society that not everything happens as the Government says, when you talk about indigenous rights are being respected, and to see that the communities are not being well served.

IHU on-line-How is the hydroelectric project of the Teles Pires? There was some negotiation with you?

Valdenir  Munduruku -technicians are carrying out studies, but we are not consulted. The National Force is there to ensure the safety of researchers, invading our territory. That leaves us very disgusted. We have seen that the Government is capable of anything when you want to carry out their projects and, if needed, kill, as happened in the village where I live, the Teles Pires village, on the occasion of the Eldorado Operation, when an Indian was killed. We don’t rely on National Strength nor in the Federal Police. Of course there are good people and sincere, but so many others do not want to know what’s going to happen; just want to comply with the orders of the Government.

~ http://www.ihu.unisinos.br/entrevistas/o-governo-brasileiro-nao-tem-interesse-em-respeitar-os-direitos-indigenas-entrevista-especial-com-valdenir-munduruku/520007-o-governo-brasileiro-nao-tem-interesse-em-respeitar-os-direitos-indigenas-entrevista-especial-com-valdenir-munduruku

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