PhotoEssay: Free the Xingu River
Posted on June 16, 2012
Xingu River, Brazil (June 15, 2012) — From early dawn and into the afternoon, three hundred indigenous people, small farmers, fisherfolk, and townspeople of Altamira, occupied the Belo Monte Dam project, carving out with shovels and picks a passage way on a coffer dam in order to restore the natural flow of the Xingu River. On the eve of the UN Rio+20 Summit, participants gathered in formation spelling out the words “Pare Belo Monte” meaning “Stop Belo Monte” to send a message to the world about the devastating impacts of the dam. Here are a selection of photographs from the frontlines of the fight against the Belo Monte Dam.