Lula Faces Landless Revolt
Johannes.Schneider at gmx.net
Wed Jul 2 11:10:56 MDT 2003
Brazil's Lula Faces Landless Revolt
Wed July 2, 2003 12:41 PM ET
By Andrew Hay
BRASILIA, Brazil (Reuters) - Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
on Wednesday held an emergency meeting with the nation's landless movement
as armed conflict between peasants and landowners threatened to break out on
The standoff 40 km (25 miles) from the presidential palace is just part of a
wave of looting, blockades and protests by Brazil's Landless Workers
Movement, or MST, to force Lula to make good on promises to give land to
Brazil's rural poor.
Lula, Brazil's first working-class president, has asked for patience from
the MST and a halt to land occupations to give his newly-elected government
time to redistribute farmland and dish out cash and housing.
After an initial respite in invasions of unused farm land, the MST has
launched fresh occupations arguing its members are too hungry to wait on
lengthy land redistribution bureaucracy.
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