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Amazon tribe protests dam project

Amazon tribe protests dam project

AMAZON (BDCi) – For the past few months some 13,000 members of the Munduruku tribe have gathered to protest against the Brazilian government’s plans to construct a series of hydroelectric dams.

The dikes will change the flow of the Tapajós river, where members of the tribe happen to live, causing flooding in the upper reaches of the river.

A statement from the chiefs of over 60 villages was issued, demanding that the government pay attention to them before moving ahead with the five dams planned for the Tapajós.

Opposition has grown strong in the region, as it holds some of Brazil’s and the world’s richest biodiversity.

Of the 1,837 species of bird found in Brazil, 613 call the Tapajós home.