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the belo monte hydroelectric dam, pt2

brazil’s belo monte hydroelectric dam, to be the third largest in the world, is expected to flood 120,000 acres of rain forest, displacing up to 40,000 inhabitants indigenous to the area and releasing an enormous amount of the greenhouse gas methane from rotting vegetation at the bottom of its reservoir.

the bishop of altamira, a city near the construction site, said: “belo monte is a dagger in the heart of amazonia.”

in may of this year, those from the affected xingu, tapajos and teles pires river basins held yet another occupation of the main construction site in vitoria do xingu to protest the destruction of their lands and the lack of consultation by the government and the consortium building the dam.

a spokesman for the consortium said these brief disruptions have not upset work plans, and that the first of belo monte’s 24 turbines is still scheduled to start up in february 2015. military and police have worked with the consortium to end the occupation.

it is in this context that lunae parracho photographed two natives of the munduruku tribe pointing their bows and arrows at a police helicopter that was attempting to intimidate the protesters.

"they concentrated on taking aim, without shouts or insults, until the helicopter flew away," he said, describing the situation. "to me, that moment was a symbol of the ongoing struggle between indigenous peoples and the government"

other photos by yuri kozyrev
the belo monte hydroelectric dam, pt1

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