After 18 years of struggle, farming families from the

In the early morning hours of October 2, 2003, landless families broke yet another barbed wire fence on the Campestre farm, in the municipality of Itapiúna, 109 kilometers from the capital of Ceará, in the Maciço de Baturité region.

This Tuesday (9), 18 years after that initiative, the families commemorated the conquest of land and received the imposition of possession, which will be the Frei Humberto Agrarian Reform Settlement, named in honor of the religious who has always supported the popular fights. The area has 337 hectares of land, benefiting 15 families.

The settlement of families takes place through Law No. 17,533, of June 22, 2021, of land title regularization, entitled Wilson Brandão Law, which enables the State Government, through the Ceará Institute for Agrarian Development (IDACE), to acquire land to be destined for agrarian reform purposes, consolidating state settlements. The Campestre farm was collected through the land regularization process, they were vacant lands, that is, they already belonged to the State.

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The executive secretary of the Secretariat for Development, Francisco Carlos Bezerra (Cacá Pitombeira) congratulated the MST which, according to him, has been exemplary in the search for social justice in the country. “Without the struggle of the MST, we would not have this great agrarian and rural advance in the state and they make this struggle a struggle of great hope for the entire Brazilian people. I would also like to emphasize that we are fortunate to have a governor who has been able to look with great care at all the demands of our society.”

The settlement of families takes place through Law No. 17,533, of June 22, 2021, on land regularization, entitled Law Wilson Brandão. / Photo: Aline Oliveira

Lindalva Ferreira, camped since 2003, reported the struggle of the families that preceded the conquest. “Here it was a lot of struggle, many comrades stayed by the way, but the families who remained steadfast in the fight today finally arrives the day to conquer the land, I have a lot to be thankful for. I’m very satisfied, I’m happy, I can’t even describe what I feel today, it’s been so many years, today it symbolizes the realization of a dream, the dream of the conquered land”.

Sintia Gonçalves, state leader of the MST reinforced that “today is the day to celebrate the conquest of the land, eighteen years old resisting under the black canvas, fighting against the latifundium. It’s an important moment for our fight. We know that the struggle for land is the first step, we still have a lot to conquer, we will have a lot of struggle to structure our Frei Humberto settlement”.

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Sintia also congratulated the militancy, for being part of this achievement and for each campsite that, according to her, spent days and nights in resistance over this piece of ground. “It is our right to have access to land, because the land is for those who work on it”.

Paulo Magalhães, state leader of the MST and popular artist stated that the Brazilian state owes a great debt to peasants throughout Brazil. “First, the conquest of land has always been through many conflicts and this has cost many lives of peasants who organize themselves to fight.”

The second step, according to Paulo, is to make it possible for these peoples to remain in the countryside, producing and surviving on land, health, education, work and income. “Agrarian Reform, for us, is a task as farmers to produce healthy food to end hunger, educate our children to build new relationships based on the principles of collectivity, solidarity, our commitments to the land and to the life”, he emphasizes.

The entire work team, beneficiary families and guests followed the protocols oriented by the World Health Organization (WHO), using a mask and keeping their distance.

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Source: BoF Ceará

Edition: Francisco Barbosa

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