Brazil tribes seize hydro-electric plant  

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The Age has an article on an Avatar style confrontation between natives and an energy company in Brazil - Brazil tribes seize plant.

HUNDREDS of Amazon tribesmen in warpaint have taken over a hydroelectric power plant in Brazil with 100 employees inside, demanding more than $A6 million for the burial and hunting grounds they lost to the dam.

Talks between 300 members of at least six different Amazon tribes and the Aguas da Pedra power company broke down recently, triggering the takeover on Sunday of the Dardanelos power plant and 100 employees working there at the time, Brazil's Globo News television said.

The protesters want to talk with the company and representatives of the energy and environmental ministries, as well as the National Indian Foundation (Funai) and Brazil's Environmental Institute.

In full warpaint, tribal leaders demanded compensation for cultural and social losses stemming from the destruction of an indigenous burial ground and a tract of hunting grounds since the hydroelectric dam went up nearly three years ago.

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