In the middle of the pandemic, occupations in the Triângulo Mineiro

About 146 families from the Beira Rio Camp, located in Fronteira (MG), are threatened with eviction for alleged repossession. The camp consists of two occupations on the Garça and Pântano farms. Altogether, about 450 occupants have lived in the area since 2013. The repossession order was issued after a sentence resulting from a lawsuit filed by Destilaria Rio Grande S/A, which never owned the land.

In all, there are about 450 occupants living in the area since 2013. In addition to housing, the area is used for growing cassava, corn, bananas, raising cattle for milk production, raising pigs and other animals . The production is sold at a fair in the city, created specifically for its sale, in addition to being sold on a street by the producers.

The coordinator of the Camp, Rosa Souza, says that, if the eviction takes place, “it would be very sad to see the families leave their homes, their consolidated homes from which they earn their livelihood and go out into the street”.

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understand the case

After filing a writ of mandamus in the Court of Justice of Minas Gerais, the camp’s families won an injunction in 2019 that suspended compliance with the repossession of possession until the judge in the case drew up an eviction plan to ensure the families’ reception.

Distillery claiming the land never owned the land

Destilaria Rio Grande S/A presented an eviction plan to be carried out in three stages, starting with the immediate reintegration of unoccupied lots – which do not have houses, pasture areas, or vegetable production. However, Augusto César Leonel de Souza, member of the coordination of the legal brigade of the Homeless Workers Movement (MTST) of Minas Gerais, states that “this plan is unilateral, drawn up only by the Plant, and not by the judge”.

Augusto also states that there are no vacant lots in the occupations.

Camp was in the process of being regularized

Supported by the writ of mandamus, leaders and lawyers from the camp began the regularization process based on the Land Regularization Law. Augusto states that “the procedure has advanced and is almost completed, however, after that, the Plant came with everything”.

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During the regularization process, the City of Fronteira carried out a complete survey of the situation of the area and of the families. “It’s a camp recognized by the government, city hall, city council, etc. So, it is an arbitrary repossession that aims to hand over the rural property for the Usina to use for speculation”, declared Augusto.

Unemployment impacts families and the city

In 2021, the Federal Senate approved the suspension of evictions and evictions until the end of this year, due to the new coronavirus pandemic. The measure was approved based on the understanding that evictions at this time would bring even greater impacts to families and the community in general.

Regarding the impacts of a possible eviction, Rosa says that “it would be a calamitous situation. Everyone will be on the street, with no money to pay rent and no food”.

“Everyone will be on the street, with no money to pay rent and no food”

Augusto says that an eviction scenario would also impact the city. “The families sell healthy products, free of pesticides and with a value below the traditional market. The fair is held in a poor neighborhood in the city. If these families stop producing, the community is impacted”, he declared.

Rosa also points out that “the number of families going hungry in the state of Minas Gerais will increase, crime will also increase, because the father of the family, when he sees his son starving, ends up committing serious failures to support his son.”

Source: BoF Minas Gerais

Edition: Larissa Costa

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