Eviction of Residents of Hugo Chávez Camp in Pará, Brazil

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Fri, 12/15/2017 - 07:17
Residents watch their camp being burned

 

On Thursday the 14th of December, in the rain and cold, the Brazilian armed forces - the Special Missions Command (CME) - arrived at the Hugo Chávez Camp in Pará, Brazil. This camp was set up by the Movement of Landless Workers (MST). Ten days before Christmas, the CME troops forcibly evicted the 300 residents of the camp.

 

Brazilian troops evict 300 families from the Hugo Chávez Camp
Brazilian troops evict 300 families from the Hugo Chávez Camp

 

Brazilian troops evict 300 families from the Hugo Chavez Camp

 

The families have no-where to go. Their children are unable to finish the school year - their school, within the camp, has been destroyed. The families are currently living in a temporary MST settlement.

 

Families with their belongings after being evicted
Families with their belongings after being evicted

 

Judge Amarildo Mazzuti of the Agrarian Court of Marabá has slated another twenty evictions for the region. Neither the state government nor other public agencies did anything to stand by the families, to fight the human rights violations. 

 

The evicted are defiant
The evicted are defiant

 

The evicted are defiant

 

The families resisted until the last moment. They could not fight off the armed Brazilian state and the armed gunmen who have been attacking the camp.

As the MST put it, the latifundio  - the regime of the landowners - want war, but we want land!