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Amazon Indians occupy government office in Brazil

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Munduruku Indians stand guard at the offices of Brazil's Indian affairs bureau (FUNAI) headquarters after storming the building in Brasilia on June 10, 2013.

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Munduruku Indians link arms while occupying FUNAI headquarters on June 10, 2013.

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The Belo Monte dam is among 60 Brazil plans to build in its Amazon region to help power its growing economy. But the vision also has its critics.

A group of Munduruku Indians carrying bows and arrows occupied the headquarters of Brazil's Indian affairs bureau on Monday.

The Indians from the Amazon Basin are demonstrating against violations of indigenous rights and calling for the suspension of the huge Belo Monte hydroelectric project, on the Xingu, Teles Pires and Tapajos rivers, which is aimed at feeding Brazil's fast-growing demand for electricity. 

The Brazilian air force flew the Indians to the capital Brasilia for talks aimed at resolving the dispute last week.

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Lunae Parracho / Reuters

A Munduruku Indian stands guard at the offices of FUNAI in Brasilia on June 10, 2013.