Carta no. 7: governo federal, nós voltamos

May 27, 2013

Letter No. 7: the federal Government, we want back

We are indigenous people Munduruku, Xipaya, Kayapo, Arara and Tupinambá. We live in the river and the forest and we are opposed to the destruction of both. You already know us, but now we are more.

You, the Government, said that if we left the construction sites of Belo Monte, we would be heard. We left peacefully-and prevented you from the shame of using the force to take us out of here. However we were not heard. The Government did not receive us. We called Minister Gilberto Carvalho and he did not come.

Waiting and calling did not work for us. So we occupied again your construction sites. We didn’t want to be back in your desert of holes and concrete. We have no pleasure in leaving our homes and our lands to hang our hamocks in your buildings. But how not to come when that could mean we loosing our lands?

We want the suspension of studies and the construction of dams that flood our territories; cut the forest in the middle; kill the fish and amaze the animals, opening the river and the land to the devouring miners. That brings more companies, more loggers, more conflicts, more prostitution, more drugs, more diseases, more violence.

We require to be consulted previously about these constructions, because it is our right guaranteed by the Constitution and international treaties. This right was disrespected here in Belo Monte; in Teles Pires river and it’s not being complied in the Tapajós river as well. It is not possible that all of you will continue repeating that indigenous people were consulted. Everyone knows that this is not true.

From now on, You, the Government, has to stop telling lies in press releases and interviews. You need to stop treating us like children, naive, irresponsible, and manipulative. We are indigenous people and you will need to deal with it. You also need to stop lying to the press that we are fighting with the workers: they are sympathetic to our cause! We wrote a letter to them yesterday! Here at construction sites we played soccer together every day during the last occupation. When we left, a worker to whom we gave many necklaces and bracelets told us: “I’ll miss you”.

We have the support of many relatives in this fight. We have the support of all the indigenous people from Xingu. We have the support of the Kayapo. We have the support of the Tupinambá;  the Guajajara; the Apinajé; Xerente; Krahô, Karaja; Xambioá-Tapuia; Krahô-Kanela; Avá-Canoero; javaé Kanela from Tocantins and Guarani. And the list is growing. We have the support of all the national and international society even though that bothers you – that is alone with your campaign donors and companies interested in craters and money.

We occupied your construction sites again – and how many times will we need to do this until your own law is respected? How many restraining orders, fees, possesion orders will cost you until you hear us? How many rubber bullets, bombs and pepper sprays do you plan to spend until you assume that you are wrong? Or will you kill again? How many indigenous will you kill besides our relative Munduruku, from the Teles Pires, simply because we do not want dams?

And do not send the National Force to negotiate for you. Come yourselves. We want Dilma come talk to us.

Belo Monte construction sites, Altamira, May 27th, 2013.

Carta no. 7: governo federal, nós voltamos.

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