[Marxism] Venezuela: Monagas state confiscates 50, 000 acres of unused land

Fred Feldman ffeldman at bellatlantic.net
Thu Dec 30 02:09:17 MST 2004

Prensa Latina, Havana

Venezuela Confiscates More Idle Lands

Caracas, Dec 29 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan state of Monagas
decreed the expropriation of idle lands in its territory and issued a
release against large estates, affecting near 50,000 hectares, 45,000
in private hands.

The decree issued by Governor Jose Gregorio Briceño said the
regulations are effective on all arable lands within large estates in
conflict of property or distribution to foment development and food
safety in accordance with domestic need.

The statement has given an ad hoc high level technical commission 90
days to advise the Governor on land estates, illegal occupation and
establishing the legal status of properties.

Monagas becomes the second state to adopt such measures following
Cojedes that affected 25 large estates, some of them in the hands of
politicians and private businessmen.

President Hugo Chavez stated his public support to the decision adding
that the ad hoc commissions will hold talks with the owners to reach
an agreement if possible.

When President Chanvez took office, 75 per cent of the arable land was
private property while much of the country"s farmland remained idle.
These will be the target of the new agrarian reform to rid the country
from the unjust traditional landowning system.

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