Indians are meeting with representatives of the federal Government at the Presidential Palace

Indians are meeting with representatives of the federal Government at the Presidential Palace

June 4, 2013-18:21

The Government claims that do not go back on the decision to build dams in the Amazon.

Foto: Fabio Rodrigues Pozzebom/ABr

About 140 indigenous Mundurukus are meeting with the Minister of the General Secretariat of the Presidency, Gilberto Carvalho, and representatives of other government agencies to discuss the suspension of energy projects in the Amazon and other indigenous claims.

The Group spent eight days occupying the main construction of the Belo Monte dam on the Xingu River (PA), and came to Brasilia this morning, 4, on an airplane of the Brazilian air force (FAB), after agreement with the Government to vacate the place.

The meeting takes place in the Auditorium of the Annex of the Presidential Palace, and, in addition, has the Government representatives as interlocutors of the Indian National Foundation (Funai), the ministries of Justice and of the environment and Indigenous health.

The main application of the Indians is the suspension of all hydropower projects in the Amazon until the process of prior consultation to traditional peoples as provided for in Convention 169 of the International Labour Organization (ILO)-internalized by country in 2004-is regulated. In addition to the Belo Monte dam, the Indians are against the hydroelectric projects on the rivers: Teles Pires (border between MT and PA) and Tapajós (PA).

The Government has already made it clear that you don’t want to go back in the construction of hydroelectric dams in the Amazon. The meeting in Brasilia was the way found by the federal Government to reduce tension in Belo Monte and negotiate the eviction of the construction site. Initially, the Indians demanded that a representative of the Executive branch was to negotiate the claims with the group.

In addition to discussing the construction of hydroelectric power plants, the Government should provide responses to claims made by the Indians in January, as issues related to health, education and technical assistance on indigenous areas, according to the General Secretariat of the Presidency.

with Brazil Agency information

http://www.ecoreserva.com.br/eco-news/noticias/1351-indios-estao-reunidos-com-representantes-do-governo-federal-no-palacio-do-planalto

 

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Vacated indigenous Belo Monte and travel to Brasilia

June 4, 2013-13:08

It is forecast that the Group of 144 Indians meet with ministers this afternoon.

Foto: Reprodução / TV Liberal

After eight days occupying the main construction of the Belo Monte hydroelectric power plant, about 55 kilometers of Altamira, Pará, about 150 Indians who remained at the site left the project this morning, 4, as a result of an agreement last week with the federal Government.

As was decided, a group of 144 Indians Mundurukus came out straight from the Belo Monte Dam Site to Altamira, where they boarded a plane of the Brazilian air force (FAB) to Brasília.

The prediction is that, to 2:30 pm, the Indian delegation meet, at the Presidential Palace, with the Ministers of the General Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic, Gilberto Carvalho; of mines and energy, Edison Lobão; of health, Alexandre Padilha; and Environment, Izabella Teixeira, among other members of the Government team.

The main application of the Indians is the suspension of all hydropower projects in the Amazon until the process of prior consultation to traditional peoples as provided for in Convention 169 of the International Labour Organization (ILO)-internalized by country in 2004-is regulated.
The meeting in Brasilia was the way found by the federal Government to reduce tension in the venture and negotiate the eviction of the construction site. Initially, the Indians demanded that a representative of the Executive branch was to negotiate the claims with the group.

The Government, however, managed to convince them that, in Brasilia, the negotiation would be more fruitful, since, if necessary, Ministers and members of the Government team could be found more easily.

On Thursday, 30, the Indians agreed to the proposal to send a delegation to the federal capital, since that could stay in bed for a few more days. On the other hand, the Group allowed the Consórcio Construtor Belo Monte resume works, paralyzed for security reasons.

According to the Consortium’s advice, the work began to be resumed on Friday, 31, and the production has already been normalized.

with Brazil Agency information

http://www.ecoreserva.com.br/eco-news/noticias/1350-indigenas-desocupam-belo-monte-e-viajam-para-brasilia

 

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