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For article complete with photos and map of march go to http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4550773.stm

Brazil's landless squeeze government
By Sue Branford
BBC News, Brasilia

Brazil's landless movement, known in Brazil as the MST (Movimento dos Sem Terra...

Published on Friday, May 20, 2005 by CommonDreams.org

Landless Peasants March in Brazil, Build a new Road by Walking
by Deborah James*

On May 17th, Brazilian news media reported that 50 people were injured as landless peasants clashed with police. Like our corporate media in the U.S., this focus overshadowed the real...

*The MST distributes biweekly updates that FMST-US volunteers translate and make available. Please read the latest below.*

SOURCE: MST National Secretariat
DATE: May 20, 2005s MST Update includes:

MST's National March for Agrarian Reform

Dear friends of the MST,

On May 17, after walking more than 230...

May 17, 2005

The MST arrived in Brasilia to meet with Lula and government officials about their demands for land reform. Though conflict with police that injured landless marchers and police officers overshadowed media coverage, the march managed to assert the urgency of land reform while animating MST members throughout. The March has...

Two tons of foodstuffs per day, divided into 24,000 meals. In order to feed the 11,000 men, women, and children participating in the National March for Agrarian Reform (Marcha Nacional pela Reforma Agraria) 23 kitchens were set up, one in each state, and based in Anapolis (GO), a city located half-way along the journey.

The three daily...

*The MST distributes biweekly updates that FMST-US volunteers translate and make available. Please read the latest below.*

This MST Update #87 from April 1, 2005 includes:

1. FEATURE ARTICLE: Why do we need agrarian reform?

NEWS BRIEFS
2. Three Landless Workers Remain Imprisoned without Justification in Paraná
3...

*The MST distributes biweekly updates that FMST-US volunteers translate and make available. Please read the latest below.*

MST Update #88 from April 20, 2005 includes:

1) FEATURE: "On the Indices of Productivity"

NEWS BRIEFS:
2) Demonstration in Carajás Attracts 10,000
3) Confessed Guilty, Chafik is Freed by...

by Dom Tomas Balduino*
Source: Adital – May 3, 2005

"Why have thousands of people, men and women, babies and children, adults and seniors, joined together in a large march? To say to the government and to society that Agrarian Reform is necessary and that it must take place and can no longer be delayed. The march will show...

Thanks to all who wrote letters to free MST leaders in Alagoas. They were freed on habeaus corpus on May 10.

*o portugues esta em baixo*

Dear Friends,

The MST needs your solidarity.

In Alagoas, there are 5 MST leaders who have been imprisoned since the end of April - 4 men and one woman. They are in jail by...

Articled written by Hannah Wittman, Friends of the MST-North America, Cornell University
hkw2@cornell.edu

Feb 26, 2005

When Brazil’s long time grassroots leader Luis Inacio “Lula

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