Brazil Bishop continues hunger strike for threatened river

A Brazilian Bishop who has been on a hunger strike for over three weeks has continued his protest despite a court ruling halting construction of a development project which he says will ruin local farmers.

Bishop Luis Flavio Cappio has been protesting the building of a diversion of the Sao Francisco river fearing it will cause permanent damage to the environment.

Catholic World News reports that while Bishop Cappio says is pleased by the ruling, he will continue fasting until the project is completely abandoned as he expects the government to appeal the court's decision.

Despite the Bishop having lost over 4kgs, he insists he is prepared to continue until death.

In October 2005 the Vatican's Congregation for Bishops ordered Bishop Cappio to end a similar hunger strike, which he had begun to protest earlier plans for the same project on the Sao Francisco.

The Vatican directive came only after the government promised to hear arguments on the project, thus persuading the bishop to break his fast. Bishop Cappio now charges that the government has failed to honour its promises.

Bishop's hunger strike continues despite halt to development project (Catholic World News, 12/12/07)

Vatican told Brazilian bishop to end hunger strike (CathNews 11/10/05)
Brazil bishop on hunger strike over river diversion scheme (CathNews 04/10/05)

13 Dec 2007