'I used to see them as a bunch of rioters': Brazil's radical farmers

Landless workers who occupied disused and degraded farmland were finally given plots – and have transformed them into fields of bounty through agroforestry.

One day in 2005, Zaqueu Miguel was driving his bus through the outskirts of the city of Ribeirão Preto, in south-east Brazil, when he noticed a group of people camped near a rural property.

MST grieves murder of a leader: “the shedding of workers’ blood is one more reason to fight”

Last Wednesday night, on January 24, the Landless Workers’ Movement of Brazil received the heartbreaking news that another comrade had been murdered.

Márcio Matos, MST leader who was involved in the political struggles of the state of Bahia, was found dead in his home in the Boa Sorte settlement, in the Chapada Diamantin region. According to reports by family and friends, the leader was killed with three shots, in the presence of his son.

Former President Lula and the MST inaugurate a soccer field in Brazil

Former president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, participated this Saturday in the inauguration of the football field “Dr. Sócrates Brasileiro” of the National School Florestan Fernandes of the Landless Rural Worker’s Movement (MST) in Guararema, Sao Paulo.

The field is an homage to Socrates, a football player known for opposing the civic-military dictatorship in the country.

Thousands of workers mobilize against labor and pension reforms

Nation-wide protests are taking place to denounce President Temer’s deeply unpopular labor and pension laws

Thousands of Brazilian workers took to the streets on Friday to protest controversial changes to the country’s labor laws, which critics fear will undermine collective bargaining agreements, reduce the power of unions and weaken job security for Brazilian workers.