The Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST) denounced this Monday (23) the attempt by a superintendent of the National Institute of Agrarian Reform (Incra) to disrupt the organization of families fighting for the land of the former Cambahyba plant, now a camp. Cícero Guedes, in Campos dos Goytacazes, in the north of Rio de Janeiro.
According to the MST, superintendent Cassius Rodrigo de Almeida e Silva was there last Saturday (21), together with armed federal police, to intimidate leaders and militants. The Incra employee is already being investigated by the Federal Public Ministry (MPF) for harassment and coercion of agrarian reform settlers.
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At the end of May, the Federal Court authorized the expropriation of the Cambahyba Plant with the aim of allocating the area to Incra to settle peasant families. The site has been disputed for about 21 years, after occupations organized by the MST.
The camp is a tribute to MST leader Cícero Guedes, murdered in 2013, and has completed two months with 300 families at the site. Despite recent achievements, the MST claims that Incra insists on ignoring the ills suffered by the families and that the autarchy “prefers to keep the tone of threats of repossession and uses subterfuges to disintegrate the community”.
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During the superintendent’s visit, state deputy Renata Souza (PSOL) visited the camp along with members of the mandate of federal deputy Talíria Petrone (PSOL). Renata said, in a statement, that people were intimidated and that she even tried to talk to the superintendent, who refused to listen to her.
“Incra only gained possession of these lands because of the MST’s struggle and cannot disrespect more than two decades of struggle. The superintendent tried to convince the families to leave the place on the basis of coercion. We need to move towards another logic of power action. Even more in these times of pandemic and extreme poverty,” said Renata Souza.
For the past two months, families from the Cícero Guedes camp have been waiting to be settled. There, they have gardens with agroecological production and have already harvested their first harvest. Among the advances, the MST is also completing the construction of a school that articulates educational spaces for children, youth and adults.
In recent months, the MST Health Sector has also been conducting training courses for the prevention of covid-19 and other diseases. “Because this is how the land is given a social function, this is how agrarian reform is built”, states an excerpt of the note.
O Brazil in fact asked Incra for a position on the superintendent’s conduct, but until the publication of this matter, the autarchy had not commented on the fact.
Source: BoF Rio de Janeiro
Edition: Eduardo Miranda