Brazil ruling boosts fears over Amazon dam projects

The ruling authorises the privatisation of Electrobras, the state-owned electric company, and is widely viewed as a step towards erecting a series of hydroelectric dams.

    Brazil's supreme court has authorised the privatisation of the giant state-owned electric company, Electrobras.

    The move comes as the government sends out mixed signals about the future of hydroelectric dam projects, particularly on the Amazon River.

    Activists and locals fear the plans would have a devastating ecological impact on the entire Amazon basin.


    Al Jazeera's Lucia Newman reports from Santarem.


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