Rio de Janeiro (dpa) – Indigenous Brazilians protesting against
the construction of a power station have freed five hostages.
The captives, released Monday, were managers involved in the
building of a hydroelectric power station in Mato Grosso state.
On Sunday, around 300 indigenous inhabitants prevented some 250
workers from leaving the construction site. They were only allowed
out when the five managers offered themselves as a substitute.
The inhabitants were demanding around 5.7 million dollars to
compensate them for the loss of their burial sites and hunting
grounds as well as for other damage caused by the power station.
EAPSA, the company involved, has rejected the allegations of
destroying the indigenous people’s ancestral grounds.
The indigenous people, members of various tribes, were armed with
bows and arrows.
Occupation of the construction site continued after the hostages
were released, the company said.