Brazil's Sugarcane: Eviction
of the Poor to
Make Space for the Rich
Dear Tad, David:
One by one, I´ll be sending photos of a land
eviction of some 120 families who for years had worked on land that had been
abandoned by the sugar baron, João Santos - himself the owner of 100s and
100s of thousands of hectares of land in Brasil. Wherever this economic
group goes, it leaves behind it a trail of blood, violence and death.
As you can see from the photos, they have the
judiciary in their pocket book: the eviction is carried out by force - the
Military Police (by day) at the service of the sugar baron. They become the
Private Militia (at night) ... at the service of the sugar baron ....
The photos make for grim viewing - but I must
say that the people, after a struggle of 9 years and many deaths - won
through and are today the owners of the land, producing decent food for
themselves - and, at decent prices, for the people in the neighbouring
As an after thought - is it from
scenes similar to these that the Taliban/Al Qaeda etc., were born?
Faith be with ye, on the Exodus Road!
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