Brazil's federal government on Friday authorized the presence of national security forces in the Amazon state of Rondonia after riots at the Jirau dam site halted construction on the 3,450-megawatt dam.
Smartmoney.com reported that the government said in its official publication Friday that it was sending additional police to the region to ensure public order. The additional police presence will last 30 days and can be renewed.
Protesting workers at the Jirau dam have set fire to buses and damaged part of the worker housing at the site, according to press reports. Jirau is being built by Energia Sustentavel do Brasil, a group comprising France's GDF Suez SA (GSZ.FR), Brazilian construction company Camargo Correa and Brazil's state-controlled utility Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras (EBR, ELET6.BR), or Eletrobras.
Workers have complained about wages and abuse by security officials at the site, according to press reports.
According to the Estado news agency, the riots led the companies to remove remaining workers from the site and halt construction on the dam. The Jirau dam was set to begin operations in March 2012. The halt in construction could push back that date, Energia Sustentavel President Victor Paranhos told Estado....
Camargo Correa' press official said that the company is still evaluating damages at the site and will continue to pay workers until they return to work.
This seems like a small but interesting development, parallel to the opposition by the victims of this barrage - the tribes in the photo here. And worth giving it more publicity than, as far as I know, it seems to have had.
Sting and Bianca Jagger have been desperate to be seen smiling at the side of the tribes in the above photo, who are going be displaced and have their livelihoods seriously disrupted as a result of this destructive project; these ethnic Indians are so photogenic and celebrities like them hope a bit of authentic colour will rub off on them and make them look a little less grey than normal. But one doubts if they'd be so keen to associate themselves with the previously mentioned form of opposition to this plan - proletarians in boiler suits don't look so chic.