What Bulldozers and Cynical Politics Do, Shovels and Grassroots Resistance Undo

Three hundred indigenous people, small farmers, fisherfolk, and local residents occupied the Belo Monte Dam project, removing a strip of earth to restore the Xingu's natural flow and "freeing the river." Participants gathered in formation spelling out the words "Pare Belo Monte" meaning "Stop Belo Monte" to send a powerful message about the devastating impacts of the dam on the eve of the UN Rio+20 Summit. Their message is that projects that destroys livelihoods and the environment and that violate indigenous rights cannot be called "Clean Energy". They are demanding the cancellation of the $18 billion Belo Monte dam project.

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  • Xingu River, Brazil - Three hundred indigenous people, small farmers, fisherfolk, and local residents occupied the Belo Monte Dam project, removing a strip of earth to restore the Xingu’s natural flow and “freeing the river.”   Participants gathered in formation spelling out the words “Pare Belo Monte” meaning “Stop Belo Monte” to send a powerful message about the devastating impacts of the dam on the eve of the UN Rio+20 Summit.  Their message is that projects that destroys livelihoods and the environment and that violate indigenous rights cannot be called “Clean Energy”. They are demanding the cancellation of the $18 billion Belo Monte dam project. (Photo credit: Atossa Soltani/ Amazon Watch / Spectral Q)
  • Photo credit: Atossa Soltani/ Amazon Watch / Spectral Q
  • Photo credit: Atossa Soltani/ Amazon Watch / Spectral Q
  • Photo credit: Mitchell Anderson
  • Photo credit: Mitchell Anderson
  • Photo credit: Mitchell Anderson
  • Photo credit: Mitchell Anderson
  • Photo credit: Mitchell Anderson
  • Photo credit: Mitchell Anderson
  • Photo credit: Mitchell Anderson
  • Photo credit: Mitchell Anderson

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