Brazil's Dispossessed Demand Land, Health, Justice

IPS, 24 April 2007.

As part of "Indigenous April" and the Campaign for Land Reform led by the Landless Workers Movement (MST), the indigenous and rural people of Brazil took the streets to express their demands for land, better healthcare and justice. 

On Monday, 16 April 2007, eight hundred landless peasants occupied the headquarters of the government office in charge of land distribution, while 1,000 indigenous people camped out on the Ministries Esplanade, demanding better healthcare and the formal demarcation of their territories.

In Brazil, one of the countries in the world with the most uneven distributions of land, around 3.5 percent of landowners hold 56 percent of the arable land while the poorest 40 percent own barely one percent.

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