Source: Survival International
29 September 2011 - A judge in Brazil has ordered that the construction of the Belo Monte mega-dam in the Amazon be suspended, warning that it would disrupt fishing by the local population.
Thousands of Indians and many other communities living in the area around the Xingu river depend on fishing as a key element of their nutrition.
The judge has forbidden the consortium building the dam, Norte Energia S.A., from implementing 'any works which will interfere with the natural course of the Xingu river’.
The consortium faces a daily fine of over US$100,000 if it does not comply with the ruling.
If built, Belo Monte would be the third largest dam in the world. As well as drastically affecting fish stocks, it would devastate vast areas of forest upon which thousands of indigenous people, including uncontacted Indians, depend for their well-being.
Sheyla Juruna, of the Juruna tribe which will be affected by the dam, stated, 'We consider the river our home. We do not want the dam, we do not want this destructive project… we want our rights upheld’.
The Indians have not given their consent for the dam to go ahead, and have warned that if it does, the Xingu could become a 'river of blood’.
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