"Accidents take lives and destroy rivers. And yet they were able to profit from it. We expect them to be punished, severely punished and increasingly punished. So they never forget the disaster caused by them," Vedder said in Portuguese. VIDEO AT THE SOURCE.
He said the band would donate the proceeds from their concert in Belo Horizonte to the victims of this environmental disaster.*
They also played ‘I Want You so Hard’ by Eagles of Death Metal, in memory of the victims from the attacks in Paris.
* He was referring to the collapse of two mining dams in Brazil’s mineral-rich state of Minas Gerais. The town of Bento Rodrigues was swept away by 50m cubic metres of toxic mud and now around 750 people are homeless, 8 are dead, 11 are still missing. Already the lack of oxygen and high temperatures caused by the pollutants has killed off much of the aquatic life along a 500km stretch of the river. The mudslide is expected to reach the Atlantic soon (btw, Minas Gerais is not a state on the coast, so yeah, the damage is going looong ways). More here
Sourcein portuguese and source 2 (in english)