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A Canadian company wants to build Brazil’s largest open-pit gold mine. Now that Bolsonaro is in power, it just might succeed

Source: 
Toronto Star

Belo Sun, a Toronto-based gold mining company, wants to build the largest open-pit gold mine in Brazil. But locals of the 'Volta Grande', on the western edge of the Amazon, say the mine would devastate the communities, potentially causing long-lasting environmental consequences.

By Jacob Lorinc, Staff Reporter, Sat., Nov. 9, 2019

On the morning of the annual Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, in February 2017, a group of samba dancers stood solemnly in front of a massive parade float depicting five venomous snakes, their forked tongues protruding from the back of a bearded man with bloodshot eyes.

The gruesome display was a publicity stunt — a symbol of agribusiness invading the eastern edge of the Amazon rainforest, said the dancers in a press conference that morning. To the delegation of Indigenous leaders in attendance, the monster allegorized several industrial projects recently encroaching on their territories.

For some, it represented the Belo Monte, a massive government-owned hydroelectric dam that flooded the shores of the lower Xingu River, a tributary to the Amazon River. For one delegate, the leader of the Juruna tribe, the monster represented a more recent perceived threat to the communities living near those shorelines — a Canadian mining company by the name of Belo Sun.

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