In Belo Monte a stone wall was built to prevent occupations

In Belo Monte a stone wall was built to prevent occupations

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Blog do Xingu


In the city of Altamira, Pará bus tickets have not increased in the month of June. Cost $ 3 and public transportation is done by 10 buses that seek to meet the 150 thousand residents, according to the Municipal traffic Department (Demutran). The streets reign taxis without taxi meter, mototáxis and bikes. On Monday (17/6) there were no protests in Altamira. Contrary to what happened in many cities and State capitals.

The last major protest in the region happened in neighbouring Vitoria do Xingu, the 55 miles of Altamira, where Belo Monte main Site construction of Belo Monte hydroelectric power plant, occupied twice, for 17 days during the month of May.

Led by the Munduruku people, more than 100 indigenous people of various ethnic groups occupied the construction site to request the suspension of works and studies of dams on indigenous lands and the guarantee of the right of prior consultation, free and informed, as provided for in Convention 169 of the ILO.


Stone wall erected in recent days at the main entrance of the construction site of Belo Monte


In this month of June, the works are two years and so far the main actions plan of the indigenous conditions of work has not yet begun to run. To protect yourself from new occupations the company responsible for construction work, Norte Energia, erected a stone wall at the main entrance as well as a wire and reinforced the policing.

In Altamira, where the country’s largest hydroelectric power plant is being built there is also daily power outages, there is no sanitation or drinking water, residents are forced to build wells with the polluted water. Bumpy streets and houses with sewage in the port are easily rented the R $ 5 thousand dollars.

Holds one of the largest population growth in the country to the city, according to City Hall, won more than 50 thousand inhabitants since the beginning of the construction of the Belo Monte hydroelectric power plant, in 2011. More than half of this number are the workers, who by the end of this year will be 28 thousand.

Bicycles and motorbikes are the main transportation of the population. The fleet of motorcycles has surpassed 30 000 and the average in 2013 is 800 new records per month. Until the month of may were recorded 250 accidents with casualties involving motorbikes in the city, representing 70% of the occurrences of Humildade this year.

On the day that several Brazilian cities and capitals were taken by protests from the 5:0 pm, especially against the increase in transport fares, but also against corruption, against the stadiums built for the World Cup and even against the construction of the Belo Monte HYDROELECTRIC PLANT in Altamira were bottled streets of cars, motorcycles and bicycles as usual at this time.

And the Indians, who’ve vacated construction site a few days ago will have to face a wall of stones where settle back to charge their rights there.

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