INDIGENOUS PEOPLES REGION ALTAMIRA OCCUPY BELO MONTE DAM

Since yesterday, Thursday 21/6/2012, the indigenous peoples affected by the hydroelectric dam Belo Monte occupy an area of the dams construction. They decided for the occupation in order to express their dissatisfaction at the disregard of their rights and the non-compliance with the (construction agreements) conditions, especially those relating to the Indigenous peoples. Organized by themselves and with their own resources, they occupied “Pimental”, and the work-in-progress site that is intended to allow construction. The demonstration is peaceful, and the Indigenous peoples request the presence of government representatives and the Northern Energy corporation.

Yesterday, the Earth’s Indigenous Xikrin Trench-Bacajá and Juruna Paquiçamba came to the cofferdam by river, from its IT, which are downstream of the dam in the region that suffer from drought in the project area called the Low Flow Xingu. Ships also left Altamira, where some Indians arrived by road from the more distant villages, and from where indigenous people reside or remained in the city. Are expected the Arara of the Big Bend of the Xingu and representatives of all indigenous lands in the region, coming from Iriri and Xingu rivers upstream of Altamira, in addition to the townspeople. This morning depart Paracana leaders to meet those who are already camped in the cofferdam.

The Indians are unhappy with the situation, since the conditions that should precede the works are not being adequately met in their lands and Altamira. Besides those that affect us all – as the delay in investing in the infrastructure of the city, health services and education and basic sanitation are increasingly burdened with the population increase already felt throughout the region – the indigenous peoples are concerned with the delay in implementation of the Basic Environmental Plan – indigenous component (PBA), which should establish and implement programs of compensation and mitigation of impacts already felt in the region by the Indians, with the delay in delivery of the Xikrin Complementary Studies River Bacajá , which for now have only been presented in the villages, and would allow a better scaling of impacts on this river and the Xikrin, and guarantee the definition of compensation programs and mitigation of these impacts, especially to predict that the drought will suffer from its river construction of the project, by ignorance of the PBA by the Indians, which is asked more and better performances for all to understand, the delay in defining the situation of indigenous land tenure Land Wanga, Paquiçamba, 17 km from the Juruna and Cachoeira Seca, be vague the transposition system of the dam and the fear that they are isolated from Altamira, a town where the main services that meet them (health, education, offices FUNAI); not authorize the construction of more roads as an alternative to river transport currently used by the Indians and that will be hampered by implementation of the dam and drought (reduced flow) of the riverbed, and the lack of necessary investment and infrastructure prior to work in the affected villages, such as to ensure the abstraction of drinking water in villages in the Volta Grande do Xingu, in which the water of the river, until then consumed by the population, is already muddy and unhealthy due to construction.

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