Storified by The Stream · Wed, Oct 26 2011 21:59:36
Above, Amazon natives protest the dam project holding a banner that reads:
Critics of the dam say its construction could flood 500 square kilometres of Amazon rainforest, further endangering species of plants and animals, and displacing up to 40,000 of Brazil's indigenous peoples.
The blow to environmentalists and Amazon tribes comes after of the recent killings of anti-logging activists Jose Claudio Ribeiro da Silva (also known as Ze Claudio), his wife Maria do Espírito Santo da Silva. and Adelino Ramos.
Six months ago at TEDxAmazonia, Ze Claudio predicted his own death. Global Voices Online provides a English translation of that moment here.
IBAMA (the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources) said in a statement that the Norte Energia consortium will be required to invest 100 million reais (US$63 million) in environmental conservation projects for the area surrounding the Belo Monte project.
The movement against the Belo Monte dam has spread globally and has garnered the support of many environmental activists and celebrities.
Below is a video narrated by American actress Sigourney Weaver, who explains the potential harm the dam would bring to the Amazon and its people.
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