Ethnic protests halt hydropower plant
CONSTRUCTION of a power plant on the Teles Pires river in Brazil was paralysed by protesting members of the Munduruku tribe, adding to tensions over land conflicts in South America’s largest country.
The protesters are demanding the formal demarcation of their indigenous land, and the return of burial urns that they said had disappeared.
The works have been completely halted… We will remain here until our demands are met,” said Valdenir Munduruku, one of the group’s leaders.
Construction of the São Manoel hydropower plant, located near the border of Mato Grosso and Pará states, is budgeted at 3 billion reais (R12.23bn). – Reuters