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Ocupação Belo Monte, Letter Six: for Society to Understand Our Occupation - the Struggle Continues

Ocupação Belo Monte

We occupied the main construction site of the Belo Monte Dam for eight days. We want the law on consultation to be properly defined and regulated. And until there is proper consultation of the Indigenous groups we want the suspension of all works and studies on the Xingu, Tapajos and Teles Pires dam projects, of which we were not consulted.

Yesterday the judiciary ruled that we were to be removed from the construction site.

During the occupation the government barred people from entering, censored journalists, prevented lawyers from assisting us, and did not even allow us to bring in charcoal to cook our food. Cars with health workers were locked out and had to go in foot. You did not let us build a radio so that we could talk to our relatives and which left our families worried.

We were constantly surrounded by the Military Police, Rotam, Shock Troops, National Force, Federal Police, Civil Police, Army and Federal Highway Police. And the managers and heads the Norte Energia were constantly intimidating and pressuring us.

You tried to choked the press with lies. You made phone calls pressuring and intimidating journalist. As always, you pushed and manipulated our relatives, trying to put us against each other.

We feel afraid of what might happen, as the deputy head of the Federal Police (responsible for the report on which was based the horrible decision of federal judge Selene Almeida) is the wife of attorney Norte Energia, the plaintiff wanted to withdraw it from there .

We were forcibly removed from the construction site. A force even greater than the weapons of their army.

Our departure was peaceful because we decided that it would be peaceful. It was clear that the government would do whatever was necessary to get us to leave. We left because we were forced. We waited a week for the government to arrive and no one came. We eventually understood that they would not come and that they would only keep sending police. We saw the cops holding their guns, bombs and shields in front of us. And we knew what that meant.

We left unsatisfied.

You tried to say that our agenda was just about the dam in Tapajós River. Our struggle refers to a dozen dams on three rivers and this struggle did not end just because we were taken out of the occupation.

Our fight is starting again and that’s a victory. A victory that is ours – it is not a victory of the justice system or of the government. The government does not know the indigenous peoples. Things are bad in Brazil. And we will change that.

Altamira, May 10, 2013

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