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Indians halt Amazon dam protest, occupation


About 300 Brazilian Indians have decided to end their three-week occupation at one of the work sites of the Belo Monte dam in the heart of the Amazon rainforest.

Both the Norte Energia consortium heading the hydroelectric project and activist groups assisting the Indians say the protesters left the work site.

The consortium says it promised to help monitor Indian lands to keep outsiders at bay and establish committees to monitor the environmental impact of the dam.

The occupation halted work at one of three work sites.

If completed, $11 billion, 11,000-megawatt dam will be the world's third-largest hydroelectric project. Brazil's government has been trying to complete it since the 1970s.

But it has met strong resistance over the years, including from stars like singer Sting and moviemaker James Cameron.

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