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Images from the Amazon at the Belo Monte Protest | Common Dreams

Hundreds of people from the Xingu and Tapajós river basins began an indefinite protest of the main construction site of the controversial Belo Monte Dam on Thursday, May 2. Check out the pictures below for a glimpse of what’s happening on the ground.

About 200 indigenous people affected by the construction of hydroelectric dams on the Xingu, Tapajós and Teles Pires rivers began an occupation of the largest construction site of the Belo Monte Dam on Thursday, May 2, 2013. They are demanding the withdrawal of troops from their land and the suspension of dam construction until there are regulated free, prior and informed consultations with indigenous peoples. (Photo: Ruy Sposati /Agência Raízes)

About 200 indigenous people affected by the construction of hydroelectric dams on the Xingu, Tapajós and Teles Pires rivers began an occupation of the largest construction site of the Belo Monte Dam on Thursday, May 2, 2013. They are demanding the withdrawal of troops from their land and the suspension of dam construction until there are regulated free, prior and informed consultations with indigenous peoples. (Photo: Ruy Sposati /Agência Raízes)

The protestors stated their demands in a letter, translated below from the original Portuguese:

We are the people who live in the rivers where you want to build dams. We are the Munduruku, Juruna, Kayapó, Xipaya, Kuruaya, Asurini, Parakanã, Arara, fishermen and peoples who live in riverine communities. We are Amazonian peoples and we want the forest to stand. We are Brazilians. The river and the forest are our supermarket. Our ancestors are older than Jesus Christ.

For more on this story, visit: Images from the Amazon at the Belo Monte Protest | Common Dreams.

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For more on this story, visit: Dams in the Amazon: The rights and wrongs of Belo Monte | The Economist.

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