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Note on Vale's crime-disaster in Brumadinho, Minas Gerais - Brazil

Note on Vale's crime-disaster in Brumadinho, Minas Gerais - Brazil

The Organon - Group of study, research and extension program in social mobilizations, expresses solidarity with the victims of the tailings dam rupture at the Córrego do Feijão mine, in Brumadinho, state of Minas Gerais, occurred on January 25, 2019.

Unfortunately, we have become witnesses of yet another major mining disaster in Brazil, produced by the criminal activities of mining companies that demonstrate incompetence, negligence and bad faith in their operations.

In 2015, the companies Vale, Samarco and BHP Billiton were responsible for the huge disaster caused by the Fundão tailings dam rupture, also in the state of Minas Gerais. Rivers, lagoons and the sea, fauna, and flora have been destroyed. Many people and animals have been killed. Indigenous, riverine, quilombola and peasant communities, besides several other groups, saw their territories and traditional ways of life extremely affected and violated. As if it were not enough, those people were also pushed into an exhausting reparations process that is far from being satisfactory and which continues to violate their rights through the Renova Foundation, set up by the companies.

From January 25, 2019, in Brumadinho, the mining company Vale becomes responsible for the death of many more people. Until today (January 29), 60 people are confirmed dead and at least 350 are missing, most of them being Vale?workers. Increasingly more reports of missing people who have not been on the lists so far are released. Approximately 12 million m³ of mining tailings flows through the Paraopebas River, one of the São Francisco River's tributary and an important water supplier for the Metropolitan Region of Belo Horizonte,the capital of the state of Minas Gerais. May the impunity not be repeated and does not decree the multiplication of these crimes! Oxalá we all succeed in rebuilding and reinventing the ways to fight against the unbridled extractivism that devastates and kills us more each day.

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