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Hundreds of Landless Smash Windows and Invade Brazilian Congress

A group of around 300 Brazilian landless peasants broke into the congressional building in Brazilian capital BrasÀ­lia to protest against the slow pace of Brazil’s agrarian reform.

The protestors used a car, which was being raffled outside congress, to smash the building’s windows, before heading to the lobby outside the plenary where they broke more public property and hit those who interfered with their invasion. They stayed camped inside congress during part of the afternoon.

Congressional leaders thought about calling the Military Police, but preferred to deal with the incident using their own security force. At least 15 security guards were attacked and hurt by the protestors.

The House’s first aid services treated 20 people. Initial reports informed that one was gravely hurt after being hit by a stone in the head. He was taken to the hospital.

Carlito Merss, from the ruling Workers Party denounced the invasion and called the invading group a gang of thieves. "They need to be arrested and put into jail," he said.

The opposition blamed the invasion on the leniency shown by the government towards more radical social movements like the MST (Landless Movement).

The protestors only left congress when they heard through the speakers that the House leadership had asked for their arrest. Until then they were demanding to be received by the congressmen.


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  • Guest

    Actually there is a truth
    in what “not peasants” had to say. And that is that the MST is not anyones friend. Having worked with these people, I can tell you that there are many people who do take advantage of the system of land and money as a way of life, but it is not the majority. Most really are poor and are trying to make something work. In their frustration, they do march and seize property to try and eek out a living but what would you do in their circumstances?

  • Guest

    alcohol and drugs???
    Wow, that´s like New Orleans Mardi Gras. I think you forgot to say they are all gay people.

    Aren´t they like the mongols?

    You, know, all these children and poor women.They are all soaked up with alcohol and drugs. I wish I could be one of them. It must be so funny.

    Wouldn´t you also join them?
    Let´s have a ball.
    Just fancy. Being poor and miserable, not having a place of your own is so… romantic.
    You can spend your entire life like this and be willing to go on and on.

  • Guest

    Not peasants
    This article makes these lawless brigands sound like a group of homegrown folk heroes with pitchforks. Anyone who was there will tell you that they were not peasants. They were organized, educated, purposeful, financed, protesters. Wake up! The landless party is no one’s friend. Least of all the landless people.
    Land that is stolen from land owners in Brazil almost always ends up in worse condition than it began. And so do the people who get it. After they spend all of the government money they get on alcohol and drugs, they start another riot. No one is better off because of the MST.

  • Guest

    how can you not love this group?!

    When government doesn’t respond to the needs of the people, the people have an obligation to respond to the government!

  • Guest

    Ref: Go PT Go!
    They went to the wrong address you moron. They should had gone to LTC’s (Lula the clown) Palacio da Alvorada.LTC is the circus chief.

  • Guest

    Go PT Go!
    Hurray for the moderates in the PT, who actually took part in this invasion even though the article above doesnt mention this (see articles in oglobo). Yep, I am all for lawlessness by the landless, to get over the governmentless country knows as Brazil ehehehe.

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