In Humaitá, a town located on the banks of the Madeira River and on the crossroads of two Amazonian major highways, a local infrastructure project is touted to bring growth and progress. But it fuels fears of deforestation as the agricultural frontier advances.
The indigenous are claiming for more schools, housing and land demarcation. In a statement, Norte Energia, responsible for the hydroelectric plant of Belo Monte, condemned the closure of the highway.
Roads, by their very nature, are indiscriminate pathways, granting access for travel and trade along with deforestation and other forms of environmental degradation.
350 protesters opponents of the construction of the Brazilian hydroelectric Belo Monte blocked the main road from the Amazon to protest against the controversial dam.