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Dear Friends of the MST and Via Campesina,

In response to the international campaign Terra de Direitos launched to
support the Via Campesina’s occupation of Syngenta Seeds, yesterday the
multinational corporation published a statement in three of Brazil’s
largest daily newspapers, including the Estado de São Paulo....

Solidarity Campaign: The Chico Mendes Encampment, here we produce dignity!

For more than two years, nearly 500 rural landless workers from the Chico Mendes Encampment have fought for the ownership for 580 hectares of land of the Engenho São João. This is part of the Usina Tiúma, owned by the Votorantim Group, one the businesses that owns...

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[NOTE]This interview originally appeared in Latin American Perspectives Issue 150, Vol. 33, No. 5, September 2006 128-135; DOI: 10.1177/0094582X06292418. Tarso Luís Ramos is Research Director at Political Research Associates. During 2005, he worked as volunteer press assistant and translator with Brazil’s Movimento dos Trabalhadores...

Killers of Landless Leaders in Brazil Still at Large
Written by Newsroom
Friday, 15 September 2006

On August 20, two leaders of the Landless Movement (MST) were assassinated (shot in the back) in the Brazilian northeastern state of Pernambuco. Josias de Barros Ferreira, 28 years old, and Samuel Matias Barbosa, 33 years old...

Brazil landless chief vows protests to push Lula
Natuza Nery | Brasilia, Brazil
30 August 2006 11:35
LINK: http://lanr.blogspot.com/2006/09/brazil-landless-chief-vows-protests-to.html

The leader of...

[09/15/06] Friends of the MST,

We are pleased to report that Minister Nilson Naves, of the Supreme Justice Tribunal, has just revoked the decree of preventative imprisonment filed against our comrade, Jaime Amorim, member of the MST’s National Coordinating Body for the state of Pernambuco.

This is an enormous victory against the...

CAMPAIGN FOR THE RELEASE OF ENIO BOHNENBERGER

Dear Friends of the MST,

As many of you are aware, on the 4th of July of 2006, a judge from the 11th District Court of Belo Horizonte ordered the preventative imprisonment of our colleague Enio, member of the MST's National Coordinating Body and a longtime Human Rights activist. Enio...

Syngenta is a multinational agribusiness corporation based in Basel, Switzerland. Syngenta was the first global group to focus exclusively on agribusiness products. According to Syngenta’s Web site (www.syngentaseeds.com), the company has over 19,000 employees. In 2005, Syngenta’s revenue was over...

Dear Friends of the MST,

Thank you to everyone who made the effort to mail a letter in support of the Via Campesina’s occupation of Syngenta Seeds’ experimental test site in Santa Teresa do Oeste, Paraná, Brazil, to Governor Roberto Requião. The Via Campesina, an international movement of peasant social movements, and Terra de Direitos...

Two Brazilian activists fighting for the rights of landless farmers were shot dead in front of dozens of witnesses at their protest camp, Christian Aid has learned.

Josias de Barros Ferreira and Samuel Matias Barbosa were leading members of the Christian Aid partner, Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (MST) which fights for...

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