Amid Federal Land Grab in Brazil, Whole Towns Evicted at Gunpoint


Federal Brazilian police and military personnel, some wearing United Nations insignia, are forcibly relocating whole communities in Brazil at gunpoint under the guise of returning huge tracts of land to a small group of Indians whose ancestors were allegedly there at some point. Thousands of local residents who have lived in the area for decades or were even born there, however, are fighting back, with critics saying the government’s actions smack of Stalinism and may constitute crimes against humanity.

About 3,000 people lived in Posto da Mata, including 700 school children who will now be homeless if the government gets its way. “Where are we going to stay? Where are we going to live? What are we going to live off of? What are we going to eat going forward?” wondered a tearful girl outside one of the town’s two schools in a TV interview. “I’ve lived here all my 17 years and I’m not leaving.”

Where is UNESCO in all of this.

 

via Amid Federal Land Grab in Brazil, Whole Towns Evicted at Gunpoint.

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Posted on January 10, 2013, in Agenda 21, Displacement, Environment, Homeless, International and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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