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Upsurge in Violence against Landless
by Marcelo Netto Rodrigues
[11/3/05-11/9/05] Brasil De Fato - Edition #140

President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s indifference toward agrarian reform has contributed to an increase in rural violence and to the criminalization of the Landless Workers’ Movement (MST). In under a week, three...

[10/31/2005] Escalation of Violence Against Landless in Pernambuco

Since Thursday, October 27th, the state of Pernambuco has seen an extreme escalation of rural violence. In less than 4 days, 3 rural workers have been assassinated and a number of encamped families have been ambushed by hired gunmen.

After suffering constant...

Dear Friends of the MST,

This Special Edition of the ‘MST Informa’ has been written to share an historical event in these 505 years of Brazil’s existence: a gathering, during the 25th and 28th of October, of representatives from over 40 Brazilian social movements. Members of urban and rural movements, the National Confederation of...

In a letter sent to President Lula, the 8 thousand plus social and land reform activists participating in Brazil’s “Popular Assembly", held in Brasília, criticized the lack of action on the part of the government.

See Below for the Full Text:

Your Excellency
Luis Inácio Lula Da Silva

Esteemed President,

We...

Dear friends of the MST,

On October 23, Brazilian society will be called upon to decide if we should outlaw arms sales. The MST and the social movements that belong to Via Campesina Brasil said a long time ago that we are definitely in favor of outlawing sales of arms and weapons.

We decided this unanimously without any doubts...

João Pedro Stédile on promises from the government to MST: “Little or nothing has been done.‿

Montbläat: Considering that the right to property is one of the pillars of the capitalist system, how can a movement that proposes to expand this right be qualified as communist? What is the concept of unproductive land that justifies the...

ROBERT F. KENNEDY MEMORIAL CENTER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
& WASHINGTON OFFICE ON LATIN AMERICA
ANNOUNCE WEEK OF EVENTS ON RURAL VIOLENCE IN BRAZIL

For further information contact:
Emily Goldman, Senior Program Officer, Robert F. Kennedy Memorial: (202) 463-7575 ext. 235; goldman@...

ROBERT F. KENNEDY MEMORIAL CENTER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
& WASHINGTON OFFICE ON LATIN AMERICA
ANNOUNCE WEEK OF EVENTS ON RURAL VIOLENCE IN BRAZIL

For further information contact:
Emily Goldman, Senior Program Officer, Robert F. Kennedy Memorial: (202) 463-7575 ext. 235; goldman@...

Dear Friends,

I am writing to you from the bolivarian planes in the state of Barinas, in the centre of Venezuela. I am here doing a percorrido as they say, to learn about the agrarian reform process in Venezuela. I am impressed. I am very impressed. After all, as the oriental proverb goes: "The eyes see more than the ears". Venezuela...

On Sunday, the 23rd of October, close to 121 million people will vote in Brazil’s Referendum on Disarmament. The Landless Workers’ Movement (MST) favors the prohibition of guns and ammunition sales, which will serve to impede the violence currently devastating Brazilian society.

There are currently more than 17 million guns in...

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