Oppression of MST and Social Movements

Valdir Released From Prison

José Valdir Misnerovicz (Valdir) was recently released from prison after being held for months on terrorism charges for leading occupations of land by the MST. Below is his letter of thanks to all of his supporters:

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“Freedom, this word that feeds the human dream,   that no one can explain and no one can understand”

Cecilia Meirelles

The MST condemns massacre on Guarani Kaiowa lands in the state of Mato Grosso.

“The sugar cane, beef and soy of Mato Grosso are stained with the blood of the indigenous”, declares one passage of the statement.

Last Friday the MST released a statement vehemently condemning the massacre committed against the Guarani and Kaiowa community in the interior of South Mato Grosso in which 20 people suffered gunshot wounds and an indigenous man, Clodiodi Aquileu Rodrigues, was brutally murdered.

Landless Murdered in Paraná

So far two have been confirmed dead and about six wounded.

On the afternoon of Thursday ( April 7), two teams of Paraná Military Police, accompanied by security guards from the Araupel company attacked the Dom Tomas Balduino encampment in the Iguaçu Falls region in the center of the state.
So far two people have been confirmed dead and about six wounded—the exact number has not been confirmed—as the military police has been, at that time, preventing members of the MST from approaching the scene.
 

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Brazil - Cablegate : How the US Sees the Landless Movement in Brazil

cablegateNatalia Viana, 22 December 2010, 14.00 GMT 

New cables published by Wikileaks reveal that the U.S. embassy and consulates in Brazil are deeply concerned about the Landless People’s Movement (Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra or MST). The diplomats claim that the three decade old movement is losing power because of outgoing President Lula’s land poverty reduction programs.

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