Update from the Amazon: Letter 8 from the Occupation

By Berklee Lowrey-Evans

The indigenous protestors of the Belo Monte Dam site are under threat of being attacked and forcibly removed from their second occupation of the site within a month. They have called for an international "Twitter mob" to help get the word out; please tweet using #TragediaBeloMonte to bring attention to their plight and stop a potential massacre by government police and military troops, which could happen at any moment.

Here is the latest letter from the occupiers.

Letter 8: The massacre has been announced and only the government can avoid this fate

A lone warrior stands in front of the occupied construction site of the Belo Monte Dam in the Brazilian Amazon.
A lone warrior stands in front of the occupied construction site of the Belo Monte Dam in the Brazilian Amazon.
Photo courtesy of Ruy Sposati via mundurukudenuncia on Flickr

We have occupied the construction site of the Belo Monte Dam. We are defending our lands. These ancient lands have always been ours and you have already taken a part of them. And now you are trying to take more. We will not leave.

You will come to kill us. And we will get to die. We will not leave without being heard.

The federal government announced a massacre of indigenous peoples, the 170 warriors, women, children, leaders and shamans who are here. This massacre is going to happen at the hands of police, FUNAI, and the judge.

You have killed at Teles Pires and will kill again when you need to. You killed us because we are against the dams. We know what you are capable of doing.

This time the government and corporations have asked Norte Energia to kill us. Norte Energia pled their case to a federal judge, who subsequently authorized the police to beat and kill us if needed. Government of Brazil and corporations building Belo Monte, it will be your fault if any of us die.

Enough with the violence! Stop threatening us. We want our peace and you want your war. Stop lying to the press that we are kidnapping workers and buses and causing an inconvenience. The occupation is quiet, the unrest is caused by the police sent by the judge, Norte Energia, and the government. You are the ones who are humiliating us, threating us, intimidating us, and assassinating us when you don't know what else to do...

We demand the suspension of the order to repossess the construction site, until Thursday morning, May 30th, 2013. The government needs to come here and hear us. You already know our agenda. We demand the suspension of all works and studies of dams on our lands. We demand the removal of the National Force from our lands. The lands are ours. You have wasted enough of our lands.

You want us to be tame and quiet, obeying your civilization without question. But in this case, we know you would rather see us dead because we are making noise.

Construction site of Belo Monte, Vitória do Xingu, Pará, May 29, 2013


Wednesday, May 29, 2013