On Thursday morning (4), about 340 families were evicted from an urban commune of the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST) in the city of Rio do Fogo, on the coast of Rio Grande do Norte. Camped since April 17, they were removed from the area by the Military Police (PM) shock battalion.
“The families are being directed to a gym to stay sheltered until the situation is resolved, as they are under police threat. A backhoe is about to destroy everything”, says Morgana Souza, from the state directorate of the MST in Rio Grande do Norte.
The court order that determined the repossession of the Paraíso do Carajás camp, according to the movement, favors Viverde Empreendimentos.
O Brazil de facto contacted the company, which is in the real estate sector, requesting a position on the episode, but there was no response until the closing of this article. If so, the text will be updated.
In a note, the MST denounces that the eviction violates the State Decree No. 29.058/2019, which provides conditions for the execution of repossessions. He predicts that the Commander-in-Chief of the PM, upon receiving such a judicial decision, must trigger the governor of the state – in this case, Fátima Bezerra (PT) -, the secretary of public security, the attorney general of the state and the State for Resolution of Rural Land Conflicts. According to the MST, this Committee, which aims to mediate situations like this, was not called.
:: Those who supply the cities with food are threatened with eviction and the advance of agribusiness::
“In addition to the aforementioned violations, the date for compliance with the repossession was also not established, as well as a timely deadline was not informed, which took everyone by surprise”, stresses the movement.
Fruit of “Red April”
The occupation of the unproductive area of 950 hectares took place in the context of a series of MST actions across Brazil in April, during the Journey of Struggles for “Land, Roof, Work and Bread”. The entry into the area took place on the Sunday when the Eldorado do Carajás Massacre turned 26.
In addition to Rio Grande do Norte, during the so-called “red April” there were occupations of large estates in Ceará, Paraíba, Santa Catarina, Distrito Federal and Bahia.
Due to the covid-19 pandemic, the Federal Supreme Court (STF) determined the ban on evictions in Brazil until October 31. The decision argues that the health crisis remains in force, with a moving average of more than 200 daily deaths since the end of June.
The injunction, however, only covers occupations started before the start of the pandemic. As if the others were not under the same health crisis, it does not protect the camps that were born, for example, during the “red April” of this year.
Editing: Thalita Pires