Ethnic Indians munduruku occupy Funai headquarters in Brasilia

6/10/2013 10:17 pm -updated 6/10/2013 10:34 pm               


Ethnic Indians munduruku occupy Funai headquarters in Brasilia

Indigenous people were in the auditorium to be received by leaders. Members of the ethnic group, native of Pará, protesting against power plants.


The G1, with National Newspaper Info


A group of about 150 munduruku, ethnic Indians from villages, held this Monday (10) the seat of the National Indian Foundation (Funai), the public body responsible for the protection of indigenous peoples and studies for land demarcation.

According to TV Globo, the Indians had asked the direction of Funai for use an auditorium for a meeting. After the meeting, however, they decided to stay in place until they are received by the directors of the entity.

The Indians came to Brasilia last week in two aircraft of the Brazilian air force (FAB) to attend a meeting with the Minister of the General Secretariat of the Presidency, Gilberto Carvalho.

Indians in the Auditorium at the headquarters of Funai in Brasilia (photo: Lunae Parracho/Reuters)

The Funai advice States that there was no invasion. Asked by the G1, the Foundation did not confirm if the Indians wanted to spend the night in the public building. According to the aides, the munduruku are accommodated in an auditorium on the first floor of the building.

The munduruku in Funai headquarters are the same as at the end of may, had invaded the Belo Monte hydroelectric plant, in Pará, in protest against the construction of the power plant. Last Thursday (6), the Group was unable to enter the building of the National Congress by the police.
After the intervention of a member of the PT on the social movements, indigenous peoples were able to submit a letter in the Presidency of the Chamber of Deputies. In the document, they asked that lawmakers do not approve any project submitted by the Executive to propose the construction of hydroelectric power plants of the Tapajos and Teles Pires, both in territory of para.

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