Saturday, June 30, 2012

Brazil tribes occupy hydroelectric dam project

Members of five Brazilian tribes are occupying a dam construction site in Brazil since June 21st. They are blocking a road preventing traffic from entering and leaving and have removed the keys to vehicles there. Indigenous leaders say that promises made to them by the authorities, the government and corporation building the hydroelectric project to build roads and schools and other facilities for their community in return for their promise not to oppose the project have been broken. Corporations and governments breaking promises?  The usual story but not getting much air time in the land of the free. The workers' movement has to build stronger links with these communities throughout the world and act in solidarity with them as they are often in the forefront of the struggle to protect not only their culture, but the natural world from the ravages of the market. More here

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