As part of its National Struggle for Agrarian Reform, the MST organized at least 10 simultaneous farmland occupations throughout Brazil.
In stark contrast to the snail pace of Brazil’s judiciary branch concerning agrarian reform issues, Rio de Janeiro’s Justice Department has moved with speed after Rural Landless Workers Movement families occupied Santa Rosa farm, owned by former president of the Brazilian Football Confederation Ricardo Teixeira.
Early Tuesday morning, some 300 families participating in the MST’s National Struggle for Agrarian Reform occupied Teixeira’s property, according to the group’s website.
Judge Anna Luiza Campos Lopes Soares of Pirai District in the interior of the state of Rio de Janeiro, emitted an eviction order later in the day, stipulating that MST members had just three hours to abandon Santa Rosa farm.
Police have converged around the property, which, according to the MST, signals an imminent, forced removal.
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