The Wolf, the lamb and the Munduruku
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The Wolf, the lamb and the Munduruku
“The arguments are mere sorry, an accessory, a subtle violence, a formality almost morbid, since what counts, in advance, is the law of the strongest. How many people mistaken wanting to prove to enemies that they are wrong! The validity of an argument is directly proportional to its cumulative force. ” The comment is Antônio Claret Fernandes, missionary in the Prelature of Xingu in an article published by the site of the Roman Catholic territorial Prelature of Xingu, 5/14/2013.
Here is the article.
Jean de La Fontaine , in his Fable the Wolf and the Lamb, the animal, although decided to eat her appetizing prey, needed to find an excuse to not seem unfair.
Finding the two alone on the edge of a stream, a waterfall, the hungry Wolf, a little above, starts accusing the Lamb thirsty that he’d be messing ‘ their ‘ water. The Lamb defends himself, stating that this would be impossible, since he was under. The beast, for which the argument was only a formality, nor reason and follows their accusations: ‘ you spoke ill of me a little over a year ago. But the Lamb argues again: ‘ cannot be, not yet completed ten months ‘.
The Wolf, starved and meat so tender, will dropping charges the four winds: ‘ so it was some relative, or pastor, has anyone of you destratou ‘ me.
Finally, with the wide-eyed appetite, jumps on the Lamb, snapping up it with its sharp teeth, and was served under the shade of the forest, as it turns out, ali, a mansion. With the apologies of Fontaine by slight modifications in their fable. ‘ Small ‘ because in some relevant elements on the magnitude of your message.
There are similarities, differences and coincidences between this Tale and the Note of the General Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic dated 6 May this year and called for clarification on the consultation of the Munduruku people of Tapajos. The context is the occupation of Belo Monte on May 2 by various ethnic groups, led by the Munduruku, and resistance to ‘ study ‘ for hydroelectric construction in that river.
Similar jumps in the eyes! Both the Fable and the Note, the arguments are mere sorry, a assessório, a subtle violence, a formality almost morbid, since what counts, in advance, is the law of the strongest. How many people mistaken wanting to prove to enemies that they are wrong! The validity of an argument is directly proportional to its cumulative force.
Built beautiful concepts such as sustainability, conditions, dam-platform, shipping studies, interactivity. Hire competent professionals-Phd in famous universities, with a history of struggle, inclusive. Announce new promises to each planned dam: ‘ this is going to be different! ‘ they say. But everything is nothing but simple deception to gain audience, lacing the Lamb, and attack him, violently, and kill him, without mercy, to satisfy the hunger of the Capital. What decides it is not the concept, the role, but the correlation of forces.
No longer is most needed the force of arms, such as in the Military Dictatorship, in the construction of Itaipu, Tucuruí. It is also hand throws only in very special cases, such as the Belo Monte dam, where the National Force was installed inside the construction site, and workers, confined, living in permanent state of violent psychological pressure; where residents isolated because of the work need permission to pass on the road and get into their own homes; where social and popular movements are Banned, Remaining with the intention of putting them away from the powder keg. Not to protect them, of course, but to safeguard the integrity of ‘ physical ‘.
This is no small feat! Belo Monte began with a budget of 16 billion dollars, 19 billion, and today their costs exceed 30 billion. And the most interesting from the point of view of the Capital: in addition to the numerous business in its different phases (profit many companies of various sectors), it will generate more than 105 billion dollars with the sale of energy in its first 30 years of the lease.
The serious allegations of the Wolf released on the Lamb, unfounded and totally unnecessary-since the decision by turning it into food was already taken – are also very similar to what appears in the Note of the General Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic. The Munduruku are called insincere, liars and criminals, because practice illegal mining in the Tapajós region.
Even if the Indians had not guilt, some of its leaders, or people linked to indigenous and environmentalists, would have bad faith, would have caused boycotts the meetings with the Government-with so much ‘ straight ‘ intention, including the idea of do Tapajós ‘ laboratory ‘ for a regulation of the Convention 169 of the ILO -and none of this would be possible because of the evil of these people, or their leaders.
The text is not intended to get into the merits of the charges. Not want to fall into the illusion of the ‘ noble savage ‘, as if all people-all, absolutely! – do not have their contradictions. The text simply wants to show that this Government behavior, ally and based on the demand of Capital, is disastrous, as history has shown, well.
Belo Monte, which would be exemplary, not intended as ‘ laboratory ‘, since, here, the natives are being literally devastated. Villages have increased from 19 to 37 in the Division and dispute by crumbs of Norte Energia and Governments. The Indian Housein Altamira, overcrowded, forcing the Indians to wander the streets, which puts them in a terrible discomfort, provides the vices and increase prejudice against them.
The charges don’t stop on criminalization. The Note of SGPR interprets that the rejection of the Munduruku to dams in the Tapajos aims to keep away the presence of the Government so that they, and only they, can reign in that rich territory: ‘ in fact, it seems to us that what they want is that the federal Government, the State and public policies continue absent of that region of Brazil whereUnfortunately, the illegal mining of gold is quite present, destroys the environment, rivers, flora and fauna; devastates the indigenous territories and put at serious risk the health of indigenous and riverine communities.
There are also significant differences between fable and the Note of the General Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic. The first is that there is a fable, and, here, in the Amazon, it is the most pure reality. Dams on the Tapajós and Xingu, exploration of ore in Carajás and Assurini, devastation of the forest under the euphemism of sustainable management, none of this is fable, and has as objective the appropriation of natural goods and brings as a consequence the death of different peoples.
Important to note that Fontaine speaks of a Creek. Here is the Amazon, in its size and global significance. Are the rivers Tapajós and Xingu dimensions essential to biodiversity. Are mineral mines, the most varied. Only in the design of the Beautiful Sunin Volta Grande do Xingu, in the region of reduced flow of Belo Monte, there are 142 different types of minerals. Here is forest, and its many people.
Another difference is that there was a Wolf, and only here, is a howling, intent, all of it the one time. There are Cubs right between the cliques. There are elements of the gang infiltrated everywhere, inside and outside the country: in the miners Vale, Beautiful Sun, Gerdau; in Iberdrolaelectric, Cemig -golden eggs from the nest in Toucan Minas Gerais; in court, the police, in the various spheres of political power, since the municipality to the Federation, and in many different government agencies. Are always ready to strike!
Through the public-private partnership, a nickname of the former and disastrous privatization, capitalists from all over the world if appropriate natural goods essential to the sovereignty of the Brazilian people. In a moment of systemic crisis, seek, voraciously, transform their roles useless in valuable goods.
The difference is huge! No starving Wolf that matches to this band and not so many lambs the size of Amazon. Is a entreguismo, part of a wider project of neo-colonial stamp, paper set in macroeconomics for countries on the basis of profitable and large natural availability of manpower. This entreguismo puts you at risk to such ‘ freedom, even though as late banner slogan of Minas Gerais.
Still another difference is that there was only one Lamb, innocent and helpless. Here are people. Sometimes innocent, helpless sometimes, but they begin to open their eyes. And, as we all know, ‘ a conscious and organized people is a dangerous ‘ people.
In fact, this is what enraivou the General Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic. The Munduruku people, who occupied the construction site of Belo Monte and resist to the studies of dams on the Tapajós, do not have a negotiating agenda. The demand for the right to say no is unbearable, because it makes the incorporation and ajeitamentos and blocks, or makes the way for capitalist expansion at the speed that it requires.
The lapada was even heavier on the Munduruku because they have a different organizational-economic process in the region. What gives them a greater power of resistance, and puts in check, in addition to the Capital’s plans, the ‘ power ‘ projects underway in our country. Truth be told: the intensification of Capital in the Amazon has to do with private accumulation of wealth, but also has to do with ‘ power projects ‘ electioneering bias without enduring nation project.
In fact, added the entire electorate of the Amazon, it is in relation to minority voters from the ‘ rest ‘ of the national territory. On the propaganda of the ‘ need ‘ of energy for the country’s growth, and the fear of blackouts, the dams – albeit against the will of entire populations, indigenous, riparian, yields more vote than not doing them. That’s how things happen!
Finally, in addition to similarities and differences, there is also a curious coincidence. In the Centre of this is the powerful and coveted Pandit Ministry of mines and energy led by Edson Lobão. This group is Minister Sarney, with wide space at the Congress and the Senate, with strong influence in the federal Government’s central core, and owner of the Equatorial, which bought the Celpa, the energy distribution company, which provides a poor service to the population. Why? Has as a priority the ‘ health ‘ of the company itself.
And so turn the official story! The State of Pará, one of the most export energy, has electric power shortage for the people. Several villages in fighting along the Transamazon highway for more than 12 years for passage of three-phase single phase power. In Assurini are more than 30 thousand people without power. Are just a few examples of what occurs in this land of god-capital. Victims of the impact of ‘ big ‘ works become bandits; and wolves dressed in lambs become heroes.
Until when will it? Until the day the organised people realize that ‘ the same risk that runs the pau runs the axe ‘: this ingenious construction is not natural and can be deconstructed! Because, in the end, the river of history has always more than two sides. This is the great crossing.