Belo Monte: new occupation, the same demands, same problems

Belo Monte: new occupation, the same demands, same problems

May 28, 2013-12:34 — Michelle

About 170 indigenous people occupied the construction site of the dam and returned to suspend, for an indefinite period, the work of the Belo Monte hydroelectric power plant



Ruy Sposati,

Vitória do Xingu (PA)


The main construction site of greatest work currently underway in the country stopped again. After eight days of an outage that reignited the fight against large enterprises that impact traditional communities, the natives returned to suspend indefinitely the work of Belo Monte hydroelectric power plant, on Monday (27). They claim the suspension of works and studies on dams in its territory, requiring prior consultation-with power of veto-is carried out.

A number of cranes, concrete mixers, tractors, excavators, cranes, trucks and vans stopped in 50 km of the trans-Amazonian Highway to see 170 Munduruku Indians, Xipaya, Arara, Kayapó and Indian pass and stand. “And this time we will not leave, or repossession,” said leaders of the movement in an interview with broadcaster affiliated with Rede Globo in Pará. “Someone will have to come here, or we’ll start to plant the farm in construction site,” said.

Amid what appeared to be the lowest peak of a slump as a result of successive defeats of the indigenous peoples of the Xingu region of Volta Grande, a new articulation: the people of the rivers where the Government intends to implement large hydroelectric complex and violent with them in the field of mining contracts, deforestation and social chaos. “We are we and the Government must deal with it,” says the letter number seven of the occupation of the Belo Monte plant.

After the previous occupation, between 2 and 9 may, the rivers Tapajós and indigenous Teles Pires remained camped in Altamira (PA), waiting for a response from the federal Government on their demands. But “wait and call does not serve for nothing”, conclude the natives in the document. And, then, they reoccupied the venture.

Before that, the dealership North energy, anticipating unrest, had asked the Federal Court of Altamira guaranteeing the maintenance of repossession granted outright to the previous occupation, and establish a fine for possible invasions. The judge granted a fine of 5 thousand dollars a day “in case of new claims on the property or involve the dispute named Belo Monte Dam Site”. This didn’t seem to bother the natives, who reoccupied the exact same place of before.



The Indians entered the construction site at 4:0 in the morning – and, unlike other occupation, all access to the site, this time, were under the control of the indigenous. This prevented the entire operation of the construction site. Since the start of the day, the community faced harassment and the pressure of a contingent of at least 50 police officers National Force (FNSP), Federal Highway police, riot gear, Military Police, Civil Police and guards Rotate deprived of two different companies linked to Consórcio Construtor Belo Monte. The police have pressed the pickets to allow the entry of more police in the venture, but the occupants did not allow. “By doing so, you are declaring war against the National Force”, heard the protesters.

Suffered also cut the supply of water and electricity on the premises where they are housed, National force elements have used to try to demobilize and ensure more police detachments within the construction site, in addition to the troops that already reside in the site. The dialog box below, transcribed by indigenous people and seen by the press, gives the size of the pressure suffered in construction site:

-“You guys release the entry for us, and we reconnect the light”-said the cops to the indigenous.

-“We want you to leave”-answered the natives. “We’re not armed, we are not breaking anything, can go”.

-“You are armed, Yes,”-replied the officer, pointing to a wooden spear.

-“This is our culture”.

-“And this is our culture”-the police concluded, stroking the pistol at the waist.



The Indians wrote a letter to the workers of the Consórcio Construtor of Belo Monte (CCBM), “with whom we play ball at the construction site,” proposing a tactical Alliance between traditional communities, hit the region of Altamira and the workers of the enterprise (according to the Indians, the national Strength has allowed the distribution of pamphlets). And they say fear possibilities of “infiltration” of false workers, paid by the consortium to create crisis situations between them. All this “sophistication” of the indigenous movement has troubled the Government and the companies involved in the construction work, which in turn has attempted to mischaracterize the action and accuse the Indians of being manipulated by foreign Ngos


Government’s account is the resounding silence on the agenda of the indigenous: not a peep about the prior consultation, and also “the militarization of social conflict contexts relating to the struggle for indigenous rights”, as pointed out by indigenous missionary Council’s note. Also include expulsion and fine journalists and a spectacle of defamatory, racist and slanderous statements against entire communities.



Norte Energia again reinforced the request for repossession in the busy construction site. In the first decision, Judge Sergio Guedes was very sensitive to the issue, and now gave a period of 12:0 am so that the Federal Police and the National Indian Foundation (Funai) deliver reports on the incidents to justice. Any decision should take place on Tuesday (28).

“The dam has divided the villages and divided the relatives,” laments Juma Xipaya. “Divided man. Then you need a new Pact among the delighted to every nation, that will unite all the relatives, “says the Chief Football Tupinambá. Both leaders are part of the dozen people who already declared unrestricted solidarity movement through letters of support to relatives who occupy the dam.

The tone of this spirituality is filled with “Saweh!”-the cry of the Munduruku that stormed the mouth of all-and by the singing of birds of a work in silence, that the indigenous cantarolam the dawn of the second day of the occupation of the construction site, where the dream seems just tensing, despite the hardening.

Photos: Ruy Sposati/Cimi


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