Support the people of the Xingu as they demand cancellation of the Belo Monte Dam Construction License!
The indigenous peoples of the Xingu River basin continue to fight for their survival, as their right to free, prior, and informed consent around construction of the Belo Monte Dam continues to be systematically violated.
On Monday July 9, 60 indigenous leaders sent a letter to the Brazilian government calling for the suspension of the construction license for the Belo Monte Dam. They also called attention to the many ways that the basic social and environmental requirements for the license have been callously disregarded.
The latest assault is the construction of the coffer dams – earthen roads built across the Xingu River to divert the flow of water. This week Brazil’s foundation for indigenous affairs FUNAI and the environmental agency IBAMA are deciding whether or not to authorize the definitive diversion of the river. They're under tremendous pressure from the corporations building the Belo Monte Dam to sign off on the completion of the coffer dams. The people of the Xingu have asked for help to counter-balance the corporate pressure with a national and international outcry of solidarity!
Please join thousands of others in Brazil and around the world by sending a message to FUNAI and IBAMA, demanding that they not allow the stroke of a pen to destroy the mighty Xingu River.