MST occupies plantation in Minas Gerais [2/21/11]

Monday, February 21, 2011

Farmers call for the immediate expropriation of the old power plant Ariadnópolis, who has for years blocked the process in INCRA and theOccupation Ariadopolis 2-21-11


About 600 landless peasants occupied, on Monday (February 21), the headquarters of Ariadnópolis plant, in southern Minas Gerais.

Farmers call for the immediate expropriation of the old mill, the process of which has been blocked for years at the National Institute of Colonization and Agrarian Reform (INCRA) and the judiciary.

They also denounced the illegal use of property by a "front" of the bankrupt company. The Movement of Landless Workers (MST) accuses Geovane Moreira de Souza and Rose Aparecida Ribeiro Meiry to present themselves as the owners of idle land since 1983, but there are indications that the real owners are a group of businessmen.

Occupation Ariadopolis 2-21-11The Plant Ariadnópolis has been disabled since 1992. The owners of the plant and grounds, which amount to a total of 6,600 hectares, left a debt of R$ 5 million to the workers and an additional R$ 392 million in public and private banks.

According to the MST, it has been more than two years since the government of Minas Gerais has settled any family and it does not offer technical assistance for the settlement areas.


Original link: Occupation Ariadopolis 2-21-11