In Brazil, tens of thousands of workers have walked off their jobs in a nationwide
strike demanding better working conditions and improved public services.
by Brazil’s biggest trade union federations, strikers are partially or completely
blocking 17 highways in seven states.
And as James Blears reports, two indigenous
villages in the Amazon region are laying it on the line to a mining company and the
listen to regional correspondent James Blears' report...
two settlements in the Maranhao region dominated by the mighty Amazon rain forest,
have twice stopped the rail service of the Vale mining company in the last seven days,
by placing burning brush and logs on the line. They're demanding the second largest
mining company in the World, which owns the largest iron ore mine in the World, intercede
on their behalf with the Brazilian Government. Their list of demands include: A better
standard of living, more education, comprehensive law and order and at the self same
time....respect for the jungle and their way of life. So far the company has taken
no action against the indigenous protesters, who've shown by their actions, just how
vunerable lines of communication and transportation are to the mine situated close
to the town of Carajas.