27 Jun '12, 4am

150 Amazon Indians Occupy Belo Monte Dam Site

150 Amazon Indians Occupy Belo Monte Dam Site

Despite decades of legal and political wrangling to halt the building of a massive hydroelectric dam facility at Belo Monte, in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon, all seemed lost as earth-movers and construction teams began arriving in drove to the site earlier this year. But where the words and appeals of those indigenous tribes destined to be displaced by the dam had failed, nearly two-hundred native Amazonians have now gathered in a last ditch effort to protect their homeland using their bodies. According to a spokesperson from the mostly indigenous protesters, Cleanton Ribeiro, more than 150 members from four local tribes began occupying a portion of the construction site where, when completed, the world's third largest hydroelectric dam would flood thousands of acres upon which they currently reside. "They are demanding demarcation of their lands, the expulsion of inv...

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