Shikrin leaders ride a bus on their way to a meeting with executives of Norte Energia, the consortium that holds the concession to build and operate the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam, in Altamira July 9, 2012. The meeting was the first since since the beginning of a 21 days occupation of the dam’s construction site.
Parakanã indians stands near heavy machineries being used in the construction of the massive Belo Monte hydroelectric dam on July, 2012. Some 300 natives have been occupying, since June 21, one of the main areas where construction work is being done on what potentially will be the world’s third largest hydroelectric dam, in protest against the project’s environmental impact and the displacement of communities along the Xingu River. REUTERS / Lunae Parracho
An Amazon Indian leader talks with Carlos Nascimento (R), president of Norte Energia, the consortium that holds the concession to build and operate the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam, in Altamira July 9, 2012. REUTERS / Lunae Parracho
The occupation lasted 21 days and ended after two days of meetings with Carlos Nascimento, president of Norte Energia – the consortium that holds the concession to build and operate the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam- in Altamira. As they left the building, many Indigenous leaders expressed their disappointment with the talks. According to Amazon Watch: ” The talks failed to address the key demands of indigenous peoples relating to access to navigate the river around the dam, loss of fish and livelihoods, land demarcation, health and education programs, among others. During the talks with each ethnic group, Norte Energia offered each community a package of “trinkets” such as TVs, boats, cameras, and computers while refusing to commit to a timetable for meeting the legally required social and environmental conditions. The Xikrin people, the largest and most influential of the nine tribes who have been occupying the Pimental cofferdam, agreed to stop the occupation after a series of confusing and poorly translated sessions with Carlos Nascimento, President of Norte Energia. Other indigenous groups decided that without the Xikrin warriors, they would end the occupation and seek other avenues of claiming their rights“,