Against Hydroelectric dams in the Amazon indigenous occupy Funai headquarters in Brasilia

Against Hydroelectric dams in the Amazon indigenous occupy Funai headquarters in Brasilia


June 10, 2013-19:01 — Marcelo

On the afternoon of Monday, 10, 145 Xingu, Tapajós rivers indigenous and Teles Pires, in Pará, occupied the headquarters of the National Indian Foundation in Brasília



Renato Santana

of Brasilia 

Photos: Ruy Sposati

The indigenous Xingu rivers 145, Tapajós and Teles Pires, in Pará, occupied the headquarters of the National Indian Foundation (Funai), in Brasilia, on the afternoon of Monday, 10. The Indians waited for the interim President of the indigenous body, Maria Augusta Assirati, to deliver document with claims, request and the date on which would be taken back to the Stop. However, Maria Augusta did not attend and emissaries warned that was in another meeting. On Tuesday, 11, complete a week that the Group vacated the main construction of the Belo Monte HYDROELECTRIC PLANT and came to the Federal District.

“Since morning we are hoping someone from Funai to talk about our agenda, of hosting. No one appeared so far. We call you to our Assembly, which started when we arrived, and you didn’t come. So we’re telling you now to you that we are camping here in Funai. Let’s occupy Funai from now on, “said Josias Munduruku representatives delegates by Funai interim.

The Group has showed indignation with the position of Chief Minister of the General Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic (SGPR), Gilberto Carvalho, who on the morning of this second denied meeting with the Indians. Instead of the Prime Minister, who received the natives were army soldiers and aides. By the Government itself, the Indians were sent to Funai, where they would be received by the interim President. By the end of the afternoon, Maria Augusta did not appear.

“They said (in SGPR) that would receive a Commission of ten, but we will not be parted. The Government does not want to understand this, respect our way. Know that we parted. By this approach, the Minister breaks the agreements and so it is difficult to talk, “said Jairo Saw, Advisor to Chief Munduruku General. For the leaders, aides de Carvalho said he could only serve them up to the 11:15. In a statement, SGPR said that the indigenous leaders refused to meet with Gilberto Carvalho.

“The Government is giving back to us. Don’t want to hear us. We’re understanding this. He said that will make plants anyway, and he knows that we don’t want. This Government’s note we read at the meeting. He said he hoped the people said that we refuse. Is a lie! It was the other way around. We went there, we hope, “said Josiah Munduruku for Maria Augusta emissaries.

The Munduruku people quizzed in court earlier this month, the Minister Carvalho by another note of SGPR, where he accuses “so-called” leaders of involvement in illicit activities. 


The notarized letter; Letter not received

The natives, even without being received, protocolaram in SGPR the document that would deliver to the Minister at hand,  In the letter, the native peer-to-peer report the areas affected by the hydroelectric project in the rivers Tapajós and Teles Pires-why the Group has held in the month of may, for 17 days on two occasions, the main construction of the Belo Monte hydro-electric power station works. One of the places hit is the Sete Quedas Waterfall, sacred to the Kayabi, Munduruku and Apiaka, which will be flooded by the power plant being built in the Teles Pires.

“The Sete quedas waterfall (Paribixexe): is a beautiful waterfall containing seven falls from a ladder format. Is the place where the dead are living, the sky of the dead, that is, the world of the living, the realm of the dead. It is a sacred place for the Kayabi, Munduruku and Apiakás, where also the fish procreate and several species and all sizes, where there is the mother of fish. On the walls are the cave paintings left by Muraycoko (father of writing), the writing left to the Munduruku through written surabudodot, for a long time (sic), “says passage of the Charter.

For Ryan, the Munduruku Oak Minister demonstrates the attitudes presented the form of dialog that you want to keep: “Here, their homes, receive with the army and the police and do not let us enter. In our House, send the army and the police to enter. This is not dialogue. It is as if we were enemies “. Josiah Munduruku recalls that at the meeting last Tuesday, 4, the Minister said that the dams will leave, because this is a decision of Government: “wonder: browsing is that they want to do? Is not consultation when they (Government) take a decision without back. What can leave query so? “asks.

For now, there is no prediction of return of indigenous to the Pará and indigenous body State eviction. Nor does the hosting was set, but, apparently, after the announcement of the occupation of the headquarters of Funai, the natives have packed a place to stay-at least for that night.




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