BRAZIL: Munduruku celebrate suspended construction of hydro dams in Tapajós River region

Munduruku (Foto © Rebecca Sommer)

Munduruku (Foto © Rebecca Sommer)

While the indigenous Munduruku tribe welcomed the government’s decision, they are considering it as nothing more that a partial victory. Pressed by two months of fierce resistance, the Brazilian Government finally suspended the construction of hydro dams in Tapajós River region. The Munduruku People organized together with other groups of NGO’s and indigenous supporters a multitude of actions including two occupations that paralyzed construction of the Belo Monte hydroelectric power plant for a total of 17 days. They also halted the Tapajós study group which intended to carry out unsanctioned studies on rivers Teles Pires and Tapajós, where 13 thousand Munduruku live.  “We will continue in our struggle… We want the studies and works to be cancelled” said spokesperson Paygomuyatpu Munduruku.

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