Squatters Claim New Property near Maceió, Brazil

Posted on April 15, 2013 • Filed under: Brazil, Human Rights Latin America, Social Issues

On April 15, 2013, TNH1 reported that a group of squatters near the northeastern city of Maceió have occupied a space of land on Jeguiá da Praia, about 65 kilometers from the city. Marcos Antonio da Silva, known as “Marrom,” said that the government expropriated the land two years ago for the landless, but never let them settle. The group includes some 300 families, representing a variety of landless movements throughout the state and region. This particular occupation makes part of a series of occupations known throughout Brazil as “Red April,” commemorating a massacre of landless people in Eldorado de Carajás on April 17, 1996.  Read Article

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