Amazonian natives climb up an artificial barrier which is part of the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam project to block heavy machinery from being used, on October, 2012, in a protest against the violation of their rights, near Altamira. Some 150 people opposed to the dam and its ecological impact and displacement of local communities occupied the construction during the night, forcing workers to leave their posts.
The protesters occupied one of three work sites on the project, forcing Consorcio Construtor Belo Monte to tell almost 2,500 workers to stop work on the dam, said Fernando Santana, spokesman for the consortium.
Amazonian natives sign a letter of protest directed at the Norte Energia electric company, which operates the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam, during their ongoing protest against the dam’s construction along the Xingu River near Altamira in Para State October 10, 2012.
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Fishermen navigate their boat near the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam construction site, on the Xingu River near Altamira in Para State. Some 50 fishermen, who claim that the construction of a temporary levee to change the river’s course is ruining their fishing grounds, are protesting by navigating their boats daily near the work area, causing the construction company to halt operations, on September, 2012. The fishermen are demanding a meeting with representatives of Norte Energia, the operator of Belo Monte, which is planned to be the world’s third largest hydroelectric dam. REUTERS/Lunae Parracho
Fishermen and their families approach the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam construction site, on the fourteenth day of their protest.
Fisherman set off from an island along the Xingu River, where they are camping while they protest against the construction of the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam and its impact on their livelihoods, near Altamira in Para State.
Fisherman approach the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam construction site, along the Xingu River near Altamira in Para State
A banner raised by fishermen and their families stands across the Xingu River from the construction site of the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam, on the fourteenth day of a protest against its construction and its impact on the fishermen’s livelihoods, near Altamira in Para State, September 30, 2012. The banner reads, “Xingu fishermen defend their rights to life, to fishing, to freedom of navigation.”