Brazil tribes occupy contentious dam site

Author: Gabriel Elizondo & Maria Elena Romero, Al Jazeera, Published on: 30 June 2012

150 indigenous people from…the Arara, Juruna, and Parakana [tribes]…are occupying one of the…Belo Monte dam construction site[s]…The occupation of the site began…on June 21...Last year, a series of conditions were agreed upon with the indigenous people to reduce the impact of the construction of the dam on their communities…[T]he indigenous said...the promises made by the consortium building the dam and by government-led Norte Energia...have yet to be fulfilled…the indigenous occupiers met with...the president of Norte Energia…no agreement was reached. Norte Energia said they needed to take the requests back to Brasilia for analysis…"This was a very friendly conversation; the tribe elders are very wise and measured," said Carlos Nascimento, president of Norte Energia… "There are some young tribesmen that want some improvements, and as much as we can, we will do anything in our power so these kinds of things will not happen again." [includes video]

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Related companies: Consórcio Norte Energia