Brazil’s Lula Visits and Praises Landless

On Saturday, January 22, Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva paid a visit in the state of Bahia to the Landless Rural Workers’ Movement (MST) encampment that bears his name.

The community of about 850 families occupies an area near the municipality of Eunápolis, in the south of Bahia. Lula promised the camp residents that they would receive land by July.


In his speech the President said that the MST is one of the most respected and serious movements in Brazil, “because it defends a noble cause.”


“And I have a keen awareness of what the Landless Rural Workers’ Movement represents for the history of the Brazilian working class and our country’s political history,” he affirmed.


Lula guaranteed that his Administration is determined to carry out land reform and, most of all, to seek programs to improve the living conditions of settlement residents.


“I have had systematic discussions with my Ministers on a citizenship package so that we can begin to resolve not just the problem of settling the people who need to be settled, but that of recovering the working conditions of those who have already been settled,” he declared.


The Ministry of Agrarian Development and the National Institute of Colonization and Agrarian Reform (Incra) announced the balance of agrarian reform in 2004.


The data reveal that 99.4% of the funds allocated in the budget was spent and the number of families settled corresponds to 71% of the target set by the government.


81,254 families were settled between January and December. The government expected to settle 115 thousand families.


Translation: David Silberstein
Agência Brasil

Tags:

  • Show Comments (0)

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ads

You May Also Like

Brazil Joins G-77 in Doha to Condemn US and EU Farm Subsidies

The need for reform of the United Nations (UN) was a consensus among the ...

20 Heads of State Confirm Presence at Brazil’s Arab Summit

At least 20 heads of state and government have already confirmed their presence at ...

Brazil Threatens Ecuador with Reprisal After It Refuses to Repay Loan

The Brazilian government has recalled to Brazil capital BrasÀ­lia its ambassador from Ecuador over ...

My Name is Dilma Rousseff and I’m Running Again for President, Says Brazil’s Lula

Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said that this coming October election will ...

Latest Revised Official Numbers See Brazil Growing a Mere 1% in 2009

The economic authorities in Brazil have again downgraded the economy's growth forecast for this ...

Messiahs, Troubadours, and Bards of Brazil

I knew I had to visit Juazeiro do Norte, Ceará, as soon as I ...

Brazil Uses Reserves to Redeem US$ 6.6 Bi in Brady Bonds

Brazil’s National Treasury announced that it will redeem US$ 6.64 billion in Brazilian foreign ...

Los Angeles-Brazil Nonstop Flight Back Thanks to Korean Air

Starting this Monday, June 2, at 7:30 pm, Korean Air will be offering what ...

As Walking Metamorphosis Brazil’s Lula Has Become Target for Left and Right

The long interview given by Brazilian President Lula to O Estado de S. Paulo ...

Trade Union Leaders Seek Brazil Lula’s Backing at the G8 Summit

The president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva met with representatives of the ...