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Conflict Between Brazil's National Public Security Force and Indigenous People at Belo Monte

World  (tags: indigenous people, INDIGENOUS rights, armed conflict, Brazil, human rights violations, serious injury, corruption, society, violence, violence against indigenous people )

- 1755 days ago -
A delegation of Xikrin Indigenous People were attacked this week with blast grenades and rubber bullets when they tried to enter the Belo Monte construction site to talk with representatives of Norte Energia S.A., responsible for the project.


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Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Friday May 30, 2014, 8:38 pm
Approximately 20 indigenous representatives walked to the site – peacefully and unarmed – to call for the fulfillment of the indigenous conditions that are stipulated in the Basic Environmental Plan (BPA) that forms part of the construction contract, but has never been implemented.

On arriving at the site, according to their account, the Indians were received with surprise by police – members of Brazil’s National Public Security Force – who immediately fired rubber bullets and stun grenades at them.

‘They just carried on firing at us’

“We announced that we were there to talk, we attempted to talk”, according to the Xikrin.” The police did not ask us anything. They just said they did not want to talk – and carried on firing at us.”

Four of the Xikrin were wounded.

Faced with this, they returned to Altamira, where they reported the incident to the Federal Public Ministry (MPF – Ministério Público Federal).

The commander of the National Force in Altamira will be heard by the MPF. The Attorney General will be receiving a formal solicitation to requisition, from the Minister of Justice, information about the limits, objectives and justifications for the presence of the National Force at the Belo Monte hydroelectric plant construction sites.

The MPF requested that the National Indian Foundation (FUNAI) present the victims for forensic examination.

Not the first complaint – but this time, it’s criminal

Lady Suki (446)
Friday May 30, 2014, 9:04 pm
I"m not a sports person in general. But I utterly LOATHE the Olympics and World Cup. Whichever country gets them, always has trouble. It's usually the poor that get shoved out to make way for some massive stadium.

Giana Peranio - Paz (398)
Friday May 30, 2014, 9:24 pm
This world's priorities are very questionable. It just shows what is really important to humans, how pathetic!

Justin Vale (13)
Friday May 30, 2014, 9:43 pm
look at BOPE squad, that super elite police with the knife in the skull emblem and what they've done in the favelas in rio. it started a movement of violence by government forces that has not abated.

Lynn Carin (367)
Friday May 30, 2014, 9:44 pm
Sadly Noted. Thanks, Betsy

FulviaAway M (314)
Friday May 30, 2014, 9:46 pm
Thank you, Betsy. Well put, Ashley!

Justin Vale (13)
Friday May 30, 2014, 9:51 pm
i just googled this. that force is elite and they're trained by BOPE and BEPE. those native americans are lucky they're alive

Artur B (125)
Friday May 30, 2014, 10:14 pm

Sheila D (194)
Friday May 30, 2014, 10:41 pm
May be a criminal complaint, but the Natives will still be the losers. Somehow they'll be the ones to pay.

Kay M (46)
Friday May 30, 2014, 10:43 pm
Thank you Betsy for calling attention to this and for emailing me the information- Sincerely Kay M.

Charmaine C (177)
Saturday May 31, 2014, 12:15 am
Premeditated violence to cover shabby and underhanded beviour by the company! The Xikrin people were expected and ran into the reception committee left in place for them! Modern mentality speaks only to the importance of money and profit!

Dietrich S (52)
Saturday May 31, 2014, 12:45 am
1000 Thanks, Betsy! What a cruelty of Brazil's administration. Isn't this pure racism???
And instead of spending 11 billions for the soccer world cup, this country should do better to fund the protection of its treasures of nature. This rotten government lets them be ruined to no end. What a shame!

Arild Gone for now (174)
Saturday May 31, 2014, 2:30 am
This is just more bad news from Brasil,thanks Betsy.

PlsNoMessage se (588)
Saturday May 31, 2014, 3:08 am

mary f (200)
Saturday May 31, 2014, 3:46 am
the poor people they are always being pushed around so we can buy uselless crap

Birgit W (160)
Saturday May 31, 2014, 4:16 am
Our world is just evil, taken over by the 1%. Only the big corporations rule, and there is no justice for people.

Nancy sands (448)
Saturday May 31, 2014, 4:21 am

Arlene C (28)
Saturday May 31, 2014, 4:31 am
Merci Betsy pour l'envoi , j'ai apprécié ton commentaire c'est important: Justice pour tous

Caitlin M (104)
Saturday May 31, 2014, 4:50 am
I wish there were a petition to sign... not that the "authorities" would listen anyway. I do hope we also pay attention to the kinds of power plays that are done in this country (the USA). If we can't solve it here, how can we help to solve it over the world?

John Holton (344)
Saturday May 31, 2014, 5:25 am

Karen Gee (91)
Saturday May 31, 2014, 5:41 am
Noted & shared Thank you Betsy

Cathy Aronson (67)
Saturday May 31, 2014, 5:53 am
Noted....another example of the natives trying to protect their land and greed winning out. Sounds kind of familiar to this descendant of Native Americans.

Roger G (148)
Saturday May 31, 2014, 7:10 am
noted, thanks

Jonathan Harper (0)
Saturday May 31, 2014, 7:48 am

Anette S (17)
Saturday May 31, 2014, 7:53 am


Marija Mohoric (25)
Saturday May 31, 2014, 8:07 am
Noted, thank you Betsy

. (0)
Saturday May 31, 2014, 8:49 am

Barry AWAY T (937)
Saturday May 31, 2014, 10:38 am
noted - what a disgrace!

Thanks for the information.

Michela M (3964)
Saturday May 31, 2014, 11:06 am

B Lewenza (76)
Saturday May 31, 2014, 11:15 am
Noted Thanks for sharing Betsy They over stepped the boundaries of the Indigenous people and caused an un balance with the natives. The police were wrong, the promises were not met and they were punished with no explanation just militia. Nothing can remain unpunished there has to be answers to the unbalances which have been recorded by the memory of the soul and it's world. They have gotten away with taking away from the native people, but now it is time to right the wrong. They have no intention of helping the natives with health facilities or schools which in itself is a crime.

. (0)
Saturday May 31, 2014, 11:23 am
read and noted. i f guess rubber bullets don't kill. the world is getting worse not better. thank you

Neill Abayon (667)
Saturday May 31, 2014, 2:40 pm
Noted. Thank you for posting. I will share this.

Past Member (0)
Saturday May 31, 2014, 5:57 pm
Noted, previously signed, shared! TYSM for posting :-)

Debbie Hogan (115)
Saturday May 31, 2014, 7:16 pm
"We are not myths of the past, ruins in the jungle,
or zoos. We are people and we want to be respected,
not to be victims of intolerance and racism.

~Rigoberta Menchu Tum~

fly bird (26)
Saturday May 31, 2014, 7:48 pm
Thank you for posting Betsy. Please sign/share these 3 petitions. ty


Colleen L (3)
Saturday May 31, 2014, 11:08 pm
Signed the three petitions. Wish that all would treat others with respect. Thanks Betsy

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (42)
Sunday June 1, 2014, 3:14 am
Noted. Thanks Betsy.

Craig Pittman (52)
Sunday June 1, 2014, 4:31 am
Thanks for posting this story Betsy.

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 1, 2014, 6:31 am
Perhaps the spears should have been left at home?

Elizabeth brown (20)
Sunday June 1, 2014, 11:15 am
Very sadly and with great regret i have noted this.

Katherine May Williams (0)
Sunday June 1, 2014, 4:24 pm

Pinke A (54)
Sunday June 1, 2014, 5:28 pm
The Brazilian Government should finally do something about this continuing situation! The Xingu people among the other aboriginal tribes have been treated the inhuman ways,for too long time now!
All kinds of violent attacks must be stopped and people who are involved,should be punished!
The MPF, this is now known all over the world! Think this will be good for Brazil?? The Belo Monte is nothing but the bad news!

Melania Padilla (123)
Tuesday June 3, 2014, 9:23 am
Shame on Brazil.... They should defend their indigenous people!!!

Mandi T (366)
Wednesday June 4, 2014, 10:02 am
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