Translation by CIDSE
Rio de Janeiro, 30 November 2015 - Joined by a fanfare, about 400 people participated in the Global Climate March in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this past weekend. Different political trends from Rio's environmental movement were present.
In Rio, as in all the corners of the country, the tragedy of Mariana was highlighted in the banners and the performances that animated the march. The Samarco mine burst caused important human and environmental damages, as it swept away the town of Bento Rodrigues, and sent a significant amount of toxic iron-ore downstream and into the Atlantic ocean, contaminating the water supply of hundreds of thousands of residents. It has been considered the major environmental disaster of the mining sector in the history of Brazil.