Brazilian native Indians took 100 workers hostage on Sunday at a construction site for a hydroelectric plant in the southern Amazon region, Reuters reports.
The Indians--as many as 400 from several different tribes and armed with bows and arrows--confined the workers to their barracks, claiming the construction sits atop an ancient burial site. No injuries were reported.
The Indians demanded that the government help negotiate a deal with the construction company, which was not available for comment but has been in touch with a local administrator with the government's agency of indigenous affairs. The aim was to define a community development program for the local native Indians.
The Dardanelos dam on the Aripuana river is one of nearly a dozen that President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's administration has been promoting in the Amazon region.