Mundurukus opposed to the construction of the controversial Belo Monte dam in the state of Para gather at the Planalto Palace. Five indigenous tribes are calling for legislation under which they would have to be consulted before any official decision on the dam’s construction. Belo Monte, which is being built at a cost of $13bn, is expected to flood an area of 500 sq km along the Xingu River, displacing 16,000 people, according to the government. Some non-governmental organisations have estimated that about 40,000 people would be displaced by the massive project. Indigenous groups say the dam will harm their way of life while environmentalists warn of deforestation, greenhouse gas emissions and irreparable damage to the ecosystem.
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