Yesterday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s National Agency for Oil and Gas held an auction to sell off 9 blocks of land for oil and gas exploration and exploitation in the countryside.
As part of the Global Divestment Mobilisation, 350 Brasil and COESUS (No Fracking Brazil Coalition for Climate, Water and Life) came together with indigenous peoples, fishermen and representatives of other social movements to speak out at the auction against investments in fossil fuels.
Although the auctions are supposed to be open to civil society, most activists were prevented from entering but some got it in to make their opposition to the oil and gas sales clear. Outside the auction, 100s of people gathered together to unfurl banners and chant: “oil, gas, coal: here there is corruption”.
Their message got through. The auction was poorly attended and yielded only R$ 8 million with eight lots sold, well below expectations.