Landless Workers Protest Agrarian Reform
(Brazilia): Around 16 thousand Landless Workers participating in the 6th MST (Landless Workers’ Movement) National Congress made the 9km journey from the Nilson Nelson Gymnasium to the Three Power Plaza and back.
The main aim of the peaceful protest was to denounce the standstill situation of agrarian reform in Brazil at this time.
“Agrarian Reform in Brazil is a disgrace. Last year, only seven thousand families were settled. Meanwhile there are more than 90 thousand families living in MST encampments. In total, there are 150 thousand families living in encampments in Brazil, many of whom have been there for over ten years.
The first stop on the protest march was the US Embassy. MST members glued posters to the walls of the embassy demanding freedom for the Cuban prisoners and supporting all those who fought against imperialism.
“The flag of terror is here (USA), sowing hatred throughout the world. It is they who are the true terrorists (US Government)”, affirmed Ênio Bonenberg, an MST leader.
Afterwards, the march continued on to the Supreme Federal Court, where the peaceful protest was met in the same way that the working class in Brazil is normally received: the police fired tear gas and pepper spray into the enormous crowd gathered before the federal institution.
The MST protested against the judicial inaction in trials for crimes committed in the Brazilian countryside and against the high number of killings in recent years in land conflict
Popular Agrarian Reform
The MST has been in Brasilia since the beginning of this week holding its 6th Congress. For the movement's members it is extremely important to protest in Brasilia at this time.
“We live in a time where the agribusiness in this country does not produce food and only allows us to consume poison. It is important to come to the federal capital to put our demand for the People's Popular Agrarian Reform on the agenda” said Edemilson Monteiro, a member of MST.