Oppression of MST and Social Movements

Social movements oppose attacks on indigenous people in Mato Grosso do Sul

We are all indigenous and we are fighting for a Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry

The criminalization and killing of Indigenous People in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul has only increased in the last years, as international agribusiness continues to expand in the Central Plateau, Pantanal and Amazonian regions.

The following press release was issued by the unions and social movements.

Various organizations express solidarity with Stedile after he suffered insults in Fortaleza

"This aggression can only be understood as part of a conservative offensive of the right in society that seeks to criminalize and intimidate all those fighting for a just and sovereign Brazil."

Various working class groups wrote a note in solidarity with João Pedro Stedile and the MST, after the member of the national coordination of the MST was insulted by a group of people in Fortaleza airport late on Tuesday (9/22/15).

STATEMENT FROM MST NATIONAL DIRECTORATE ON THE AGRESSION AGAINST STEDILE

StedileThe National Directorate of the Landless Workers Movement (MST) issues this statement to repudiate the assault suffered by the member of the national coordination of MST, João Pedro Stédile, at the airport of the city of Fortaleza, Ceará, this Thursday (September 22, 2015) evening. [Ed. video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iItYSw8QNk]

Urban Commune completes its tenth year as a symbol of social housing and integration

Located in Greater Sao Paulo, the Dom Helder Camara Urban Commune was the first MST experiment in an urban area.

In the town of Jandira, an MST flag has been planted as a symbol of unification between the countryside and the city.

Within the town is a property which challenges the commercialization of collective achievement, and stands as a beacon of hope for one of the country's biggest social problems: a lack of housing.

Stédile recommends that militants 'prepare their game shoes' because 'the game has just begun'

PORTO ALEGRE - The main leader of the MST in Brazil, João Pedro Stédile, called on Thursday (March 12, 2015) in Porto Alegre, duringIn support of Petrobras demonstraton in Porto Alegre - Flavio Ihla/O Globo actions in defense of Petrobras, that President Dilma Rousseff "not become intimidated" in the face of pressure from the sectors of the country" who want to take power by force." Before an estimate

Message About Death Threat Against João Pedro Stédile

Message to the Brazilian peopleStedile Wanted Poster

A “Stedile, dead or alive” ad has been circulated on social media. Presenting him as leader of the MST and "enemy of the Fatherland", the author offers a reward of R$10,000 for those who can fulfill this request. In other words, the ad is encouraging and promising to pay to kill a person, in this case João Pedro Stedile of the national coordination of the MST.

There are indications that this criminal action originated from the personal Facebook account of Paulo Mendonça, a municipal guard from Macaé (RJ). And it was immediately reproduced by most of the social networks that on a daily basis spew hatred of the people's movements, migrants, the Workers Party and now, especially against President Dilma Rousseff. They are the same social networks for the most part who are organizing for protests on March 15 to demand that Dilma,  legitimately elected in 2014, step down from the office of President of the Republic.

The authorities have been contacted so that the author of the ad and all those who are posting it can be investigated and brought to justice, since they are guilty of incitement to murder.

But the posting is only a reflection of the sectors of the Brazilian elite who are willing to promote a wave of violence and hatred in order to destabilize the government and take back the power that they lost with the PT's electoral victory in 2002.

MST activists are acquitted after eight years of illegal process in RS

The Federal Court of Carazinho (RS) [Ed. the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul] acquitted in first instance MST militants Antonio Isaias Vedovatto Silvio Luciano dos Santos, Edemir Fransisco Valsoler, Moroso Ivan de Oliveira, Vladimir Maier and supporters of the Movement, Arno Maier and Jandir Celso eight years after the opening of a case, which was based on an illegal file, done at the request of then Colonel Military Police of Rio Grande do Sul, Waldir João Cerutti Reis.

International Day of Peasant Struggle

April 17In one of many protests on Thursday April 17, around 500 MST workers  from the Brazilian Federal District (state to which Brasilia, nation's capital, belongs to) and its surroundings blocked sections of the BR 020 highway, between the Planaltina (DF) and Formosa (GO) municipalities, at the height of kilometer 43 and the BR 070 highway, in direction towards Águas Lindas de Goiás. 

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