Eight days ago,
representatives from eight indigenous groups from around the Amazon began
an occupation of the construction site of the Belo Monte Dam. They're
asking the government of Brazil to respect their right to prior and
informed consultation by immediately suspending construction, studies and
police operations related to dams along the Xingu, Tapajós and Teles
The government responded by prohibiting journalists, lawyers, and even
food to enter the occupation site. Then last night, the Regional Federal
Tribunal ruled that the indigenous groups could be expelled by the use of
force. This was expected to happen this morning, but as far as we know,
negotiations are still underway.
We need your help to support the ongoing occupation of Belo Monte and
ensure that the Brazilian government respects indigenous peoples' rights
and does not start a violent conflict at the dam site.