View Full Version : Brazilian Indians take hostages at Amazon dam site

26th July 2010, 16:58
Brazilian Indians take hostages at Amazon dam site
Sun Jul 25, 2010 5:45pm EDT

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilian native Indians on Sunday took 100 workers hostage at the construction site of a hydroelectric plant in the southern Amazon region, local media reported.

As many as 400 Indians from several different tribes occupied a power plant they say was built on an ancient burial site.

"They didn't take into account the situation of the Indians. The company used dynamite to blow up part of an archeological site," Antonio Carlos Ferreira de Aquino, a local administrator with the government's agency of indigenous affairs, Funai, told Folha.com.

Armed with bows and arrows, the Indians occupied the site at dawn on Sunday and confined the construction company's employees to their barracks.

There were no reports of injuries.

The Indians are demanding that government officials help negotiate a settlement with the construction company.

"We want to be compensated for the construction of the plant. The site is 30 kilometers (19 miles) from our reserve and has caused great cultural and social impact in our community, not to mention environmental damage," Aldeci Arara, a tribal leader, told the G1 news portal.

The Dardanelos dam on the Aripuana river, some 400 kilometers (250 miles) north of the Mato Grosso state capital Cuiaba, was due to come online in January 2011, the media reports said.

The construction company told G1.com that it has been in touch with Funai
to define a community development program for the local native Indians.

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Good for them!
So when is America gonna wake up, and take a buncha politicians and bankers hostage?
Probably not until all we have left is huts, bows and arrows.

27th July 2010, 14:28
Authority has plowed over indigenous cultures forever. Just because they don't have a piece of paper showing ownership or because they aren't educated in modern ways? In many respects the native cultures are more educated than we are. They understand the unique bond between men and nature.