Governo não cumpre palavra e indígenas ocupam Belo Monte novamente
May 27, 2013
The Government does not meet indigenous and occupy Belo Monte remount
About 170 indigenous returned to occupy, in the early hours of Monday (27), the main construction of the Belo Monte hydroelectric power plant, in Vitória do Xingu, Pará. The central claim is that the works of the Belo Monte hydroelectric power plant and studies for the construction of power plants on the River Tapajós are suspended until the prior consultation to the indigenous peoples are carried out.
At this time the Indians are completing a letter that would spell out in more detail the reasons and the demands of the group, made up of indigenous Chipaia and Arara, who live on the Volta Grande do Xingu, in addition to representatives of the Kayapo, Munduruku and Indian ethnicities.
They claim that these mega power generation projects cause serious environmental and social impacts and destroy the way of life of the people and traditional communities. If carried out, the construction of the Belo Monte dam, for example, 100 kilometers from the River will dry in Volta Grande do Xingu. In the case of the construction of hydroelectric plants planned by the Government to the Tapajós River, the Munduruku villages, ancient situated on the banks of the River would be completely flooded.
This is the second occupation held in Belo Monte in less than a month. On May 2 the Indians occupied the same site and remained there for eight days. The Indians claim that came out peacefully in his last occupation because the federal Government ensured that there would be a negotiation, which did not happen. So, this time, they ensure that will endure until the federal Government, in fact, talk to them and meet their claims.
The Indians also criticize the National forces in the region with the objective of guaranteeing security and support for the achievement of environmental impact studies of the plants in the Tapajos.
In addition to the officers who were already housed within the construction site with the objective of guaranteeing the protection of Belo Monte, other police contingents are coming in the occupation started in this morning.