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Over 100 People Died Last Year in Brazil’s Countryside Due do Conflicts

At least 38 people were murdered in Brazil in 2005 as a result of rural conflicts, and 64 deaths, due to miscarriage, inanition (loss of vitality from lack of food and water), overwork, and absence of government policies, can in some way be attributed to these conflicts.

In 2004 there were 39 murders and 31 conflict-related deaths.

These figures appear in the book, Conflicts in the Countryside – Brazil 2005, which was launched this Tuesday, April 18, by the Land Pastoral Commission (CPT) at a ceremony in the headquarters of the Brazilian National Bishops’ Council (CNBB).

In this edition the CPT refers to the execution of the US-born missionary, Dorothy Stang, in the northern Brazilian state of Pará; the hunger strike undertaken by Don Luiz Cappio, the bishop of Barra, in the northeastern state of Bahia, in protest against the transposition of waters from the São Francisco River basin; and the death of the environmental activist, Francisco Anselmo de Barros, who turned himself into a human torch in defense of the Pantanal. Mention is also made of the Eldorado dos Carajás massacre, in April, 1996, when 19 landless rural workers were murdered.

2006 Numbers

During the first quarter of this year, the Land Pastoral Commission (CPT) registered three murders in rural areas, against 13 in the same period of last year. CPT National Secretary, Antonio Canuto, considers the current situation "much better."

Canuto spoke during the launching of Conflicts. He said that, during the same period, the number of persons participating in land occupations went up.

"Last year, there were 10,000 people in the occupations, and this year, there are already 16,000. This means that people are still fighting for land reform and are using the tools they have. Occupation is the only way they have to make themselves heard."

Agência Brasil

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  • Guest

    Even more strange….
    When government officially announces here and there and everywhere that there is 160’000 square kms from 1 source (and 106 millions hectares as per the Agriculture Minister himself in one of his recent speech on your ethanol industry), of available degraded unused land, without any more deforestation needed.

    Then how can the government pretends they cannot solve the problems of the MST and the CPT ?

    Curious. Isnt it ?

    There is simply no desire to change anything from this government.
    The poors must remain poor, parked in the Northeast or in the favelas of the big cities, closer when needs arise from the Brazilians barrons !

    Very sad !

  • Guest

    quote:

    “and the death of the environmental activist, Francisco Anselmo de Barros, who turned himself into a human torch in defense of the Pantanal.”

    For the love of god, doing something like this anywhere is maniacal at best, but here in brazil??? Like the gov’t. here is going to pay jmore attention to you if you set yourself on fire?!

    I can just see the people with their chocolate, graham crackers and marshallow in hand at beachside, preparing to make smores while contracting a forro band to play during the activity!!

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