Murder of Landless Leaders in Brazil. URGENT ! FWD

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Mon, 6 Apr 1998 00:16:43 -0700 (PDT)


=46WD From: "Marko Ajdaric" <marko@workmail.com> Sat, 28 Mar 1998

This is our translation from the official notice of the
MST (Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais sem
Terra). Please, do forward and/or come visit our
home page. We will be updating the news and issuing
other resources as well as newspaper issuings in
=46rench, Spanish, Italian and others available.

http://www.angelfire.com/ok/markoajdaric/index.html

The murder of Onal=EDcio Ara=FAjo Barros and Valentim Serra

MURDER OF TWO MST LEADERS IN THE REGION OF ELDORADO OF
THE CARAJA'S - PARA' - BRAZIL.

While Brazilian government delivered to the Pope John Paul II, its
justifications on the agrarian situation in Brazil, the MST leaders,
Onalicio Araujo Barros (also known as Fusquinha) and Valentin Serra (Doutor)
were executed by farmers. The crime occurred on March 26th in the
township called Parauapebas (Para', northern Brazil, in the Amazon
region). They were negotiating an area to settle the landless families who
had to leave a farm they have been occupying.

01. OCCUPATION

At the dawn of march 14th, about 550 families occupied the farm "Goia's
II", 1,487 hectares wide. This area is unproductive and is maintained
forcefully by a farmer called Carlos Antonio da Costa.

02. THE NEGOTIATION

On march 18th, Carlos Antonio da Costa asked at the local tribunal to
maintain the ownership of the farm, thus having the right to expel the
landless workers. Still on march 18th, the local judge Maria Vitoria Torres
assigned him this right. From this day on, two agents of the local justice
visited the settling frequently, admonishing the landless workers. On
march 26th, in the afternoon, these agents entered the settlement, followed
by ten military policemen. The Para's Security State Secretary , Paulo S.

Ca^mara, told the MST that the Military Policy would not be used against
the workers. After a short negotiation, the landless workers decided to go
away, leaving the the farm Goi=E1s II.

03. LEAVING THE FARM

Close to 5:00 P.M., the workers began to leave the area. Soon there a
group of 30 gunmen arrived at the farm, commanded by well known
farmers (Donizete, Lazinho, Nozinho, Antonio Barcelos, Luciano Sarto'rio
and Carlos Antonio da Costa himself) They began to provoke the workers,
who did not react to the offenses.

04. THE SHOOTING

Close to 5:00 P.M., the workers were already some 3 miles away from the
farm, and arrived to the settlement called Caraja's III (Vila Cedere I).
Two MST leaders in Para', Onalicio Araujo Barros (Fusquinha) and Valentin
Serra (Doutor), decided after consulting their fellows, to camp there.
The gunmen, farmers and policemen who were following the workers, reached
them. Two farmers, Donizete and Carlos Antonio da Costa, shot Valentin
twice in the chest. Onalicio ran, trying to reach the road. While he tried t=
o
escape, Donizete shot him in the back. The group of gunmen put Valentin
in a car and flew away at high speed. Valentin was found dead, near to a
river, some 2,5 miles away, half-buried. He has been evidently spanked to
death.

[from now on, abridged]

05. IMPUNITY

The state of Para' is marked by violence. The Military Police and the
farmers kill because they know that the justice benefits only rich people. I=
n
last 2 years, 30 agricultural workers in the region called Grande Caraja's
have been assassinated.

[Onset in our home page]

06. THE RESPONSIBILITY

We do affirm that President Fernando Henrique Cardoso has responsibility
in this issue , since he is supposed to be running anagrarian
reform in Brazil. However, he has only taken palliative actions, always
trying to benefit his allied state governors with propaganda based on
non accomplished deeds.

On march 18th, the Federal Government launched a few measures
stimulating the use of armed strength against the landless workers.

07. THE DEMANDS

These deaths only do confirm the innability of Brazilian Federal
Government to attain a solution for the agrarian problems.

We demand:

1) Immediate settling of all families that have already entered non
profitable farms;

2) An effective agrarian reform;

3) Punishment for the culprits of all deaths of agricultural workers that

fought for the agrarian reform.

08. SOLIDARITY

We do invite all the persons and organizations to express their opinion on
this facts to the President of Brazilain Federal Republic, urging for an
immediate agrarian reform and punishment for those guilty of landless
workers deaths.

Please write to:

Presidente da Rep=FAblica
=46ernando Henrique Cardoso
Pal=E1cio do Planalto
70150-900 &ndash; Bras=EDlia &ndash; DF &ndash; Brasil
=46ax 55 61 226 7566

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