Eth­nic protests halt hy­dropower plant

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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

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