Brazil: Solidarity against Landless Camp Evictions

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Brazil: Solidarity against Landless Camp Evictions
By: MST and Via Campesina
14 December 2017

An aggressive attack is being waged against Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (MST), the Landless Workers Movement, in the northern State of Pará, Brazil.

Large-scale landowners along with local judicial authorities, mainstream media and the Brazilian military police are targeting MST camps throughout the country. In Marabá, located in the northern State of Pará, 2.000 peasant families living in 20 camps are under the risk of being violently evicted until the end of the year.

On Monday 11 of December gunman attacked the Hugo Chavez camp. Seven heavily armed men from the private security hired by the landowners, shot against unarmed peasants, including women and children. The deadline to vacate voluntarily of the 300 families living at Hugo Chavez camp was the 13 of December and the military police is expected after this deadline, since the families do not agree on the purchasing process of the land and intend to stay.

The recent escalation of violence takes place as the Brazilian government continues to use regressive land ownership laws, which have resulted in devastating consequences on landless and displaced agricultural workers. During the administration of the unelected Brazilian President Michel Temer, the MST has witnessed increased levels of state violence and criminalization against our members

In light of the escalating violence and repression, we support the call of international solidarity!

Send a short video or statement in support and solidarity to the MST families in Pará to the MST!

Write to the official authorities condemning the evictions in Pará, and demanding the revision of the eviction order of Hugo Chavez Camp! Copy:

  • President of the court of justice - Ricardo Ferreira Nunes: presidê
  • Secretary of State for Public Secutiry - Jeannot Jansen da silva Filho:
  • Agrarian Judge of Maraba - Amarildo Mazutti:

With your solidarity and the international pressure, the 2.000 camped families of the State of Pará hope to spend Christmas in their houses and lands.


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