BRASILIA - A sixty environmental groups, religious and indigenous slammed Thursday gave the green light part by the Brazilian government in the early work of a giant dam in the Amazon and announced they would continue their fight.
The Brazilian Institute of Environment has approved Wednesday the installation of "infrastructure" to the controversial construction of the dam of Belo Monte, which has become the third largest in the world.
It is "an act of the worst dictatorial hopes," said the movement "Xingu Vivo Para siempre" consists of a sixty associations and NGOs based in the State of Pará (north).
"We will continue to oppose this draft all our forces," he warned.
Opponents of the project - supported by celebrities such as director of "Avatar," James Cameron - consider it "not economically viable" and will displace 16,000 people due to flood zone 500 km on the banks of the Xingu River.
Among the signatories of the statement included a section of the local peasant association Via Campesina, associations of indigenous tribes Juruna and Arara religious organization Land Pastoral Commission (CPT), various environmental groups, policy and advocacy Human Rights.
According to the Brazilian government, Belo Monte is necessary for economic development. Brasilia ensures that no native land is threatened and he has spent millions to reduce the environmental and social impact of the dam.