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

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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 Justice.

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 it is Norte Energia who was asked to kill us, a company which is part of the consortium and government. Norte Energia asked a federal judge, who subsequently authorized the police to beat and kill us if needed. Government of Brazil, 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

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

  1. Republicou isso em Indigenous Brazil~e comentado:
    maio 29, 2013
    Letter 8: The massacre has been announced and only the government can avoid this fate

    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 Justice.

    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 it is Norte Energia who was asked to kill us, a company which is part of the consortium and government. Norte Energia asked a federal judge, who subsequently authorized the police to beat and kill us if needed. Government of Brazil, 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

  2. Please listen to your own people, to the indiginous people of Brazil. Here in Canada we have troubles too, where the lust for wealth in the short term kills people, nature and quality of life. The wisdom of these indiginous people we must, through all the world, hear. They hold the keys, understood for thousands of years, to guide us in living well and being responsible here on planet earth. I am watching the news and listening to find out if Government of Brasil will respond in an ethical way. Will these people live and will their land be given back so they can show us how to caretake and work with the plants, animals and wisdom of nature?

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