Brazil’s Indigenous Demand ‘No More Dams’

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The fight continues between the Brazilian government pushing to bring another hydroelectric dam to the Tapajós river basin in the Brazilian Amazon and the indigenous Munduruku people who live there.

In the states of Mato Grosso do Sul and Pará, where many indigenous people live, there are 11 hydroelectric plants in different stages of construction and licensing, including the controversial Belo Monte dam. Other areas in the region are undergoing environmental surveys to plan future development. The dams are being built to feed much-needed power to the country as it undergoes tremendous economic growth.

But indigenous people in the area complain they have not been consulted on these projects and construction is snatching away and destroying their sacred homelands.

Angry and disenfranchised, the Munduruku and other indigenous people have undertaken a campaign of resistance against the government’s initiatives. From the time construction on the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam started in June 2011, there have been 92 interruptions [pt] due to indigenous protests.

The latest demonstrations have escalated the already tense atmosphere surrounding the situation, beginning in May 2013 when indigenous people occupied the working site of the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam for three days.

Then in the beginning of June 2013, 144 Munduruku individuals occupied [pt] the building of the Fundação Nacional do Índio in the federal capital of Brazil and seat of the government, Brasília, to demand the halting of construction on the Belo Monte and other hydroelectric initiatives in the Tapajós River Basin in the States of Pará and Mato Grosso.

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