Controversial Amazon dam

Amazon Indians refuse to end their occupation of a building site that has partially paralyzed work on the world's third largest hydroelectric dam for days. Some 200 people from various indigenous groups occupied one of three construction sites of the controversial Belo Monte dam on the Xingu River, halting work by 3,000 of the 22,000 workers on the project.

Las obras de la represa en el rio Xingú en Brasil el 30 de mayo de 2012

Más de 150 indígenas y pescadores afectados por la construcción de la represa de Belo Monte, en la Amazonia brasileña, ocupan desde la madrugada del jueves uno de los cuatro canteros de obras por un tiempo indeterminado, dijo a la AFP Maira Irigaray, abogada de la ONG estadounidense Amazon Watch. (AFP/archivo | evaristo sa)

Belo Monte, Brasil

Dozens of Amazonian Indians, fishermen and local residents block heavy machinery being used to construct the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam in protest against what they call the violation of their rights, in Vitoria do Xingu near Altamira, October 9, 2012. Some 150 people opposed to the dam and its ecological impact and displacement of local villages paralyzed the construction during the night, forcing workers to leave their posts, according to the leaders of the protest. REUTERS/Lunae Parracho (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT ENERGY POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)

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