Protest outside the Brazilian embassy to stop the Amazon Mega Dam
A protest outside the Brazilian embassy calling for a halt to the Belo Monte Dam in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest. The protest was called by Survival International, a charity trying to save tribal people. London, UK. 22nd August 2011
Survival International,"The international actions follow widespread outrage as the construction of the dam has begun despite numerous human rights and environmental violations, and massive opposition from the local population.
The dam will devastate vast areas of land, upon which numerous tribal people, including highly vulnerable uncontacted Indians, depend for their survival.
The Kayapó Indians of the region have warned that if the dam is built, the Xingu could become a ‘river of blood’.
Indigenous spokeswoman Sheyla Juruna has recently remarked that the indigenous people ‘are not against development… but there are other ways of generating energy… We consider the river our home… If the government continues to insist on Belo Monte, there will be war’.
Earlier this year, Survival supporters joined Amazonian Indians
in their protest outside the London office of Brazil’s state development bank BNDES, which is providing much of the funding for the Belo Monte project.
Survival’s Director, Stephen Corry, said today, ‘It’s gratifying to see so much international support for the Indians of the Xingu river – if only their own government would show similar care. The Brazilian state development bank should not finance projects that ride roughshod over the Indians’ right to the ownership of their land and resources’. "
I spoke with Dan Slack one of the protesters. He runs a garden centre in Kew and said he has grown up with a passion for plants and nature in general. He said that on flying over Brazil it was heartbreaking to see how many forests have disappeared.