The Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry (CPI) that investigates the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST) received this Tuesday (15) the economist João Pedro Stedile, in one of the most expected testimonials by the collegiate.
In more than six hours of the Sabbath, Stedile answered questions on topics such as agrarian reform, accusations against movement leaders, communism, among others.
The leader, who is one of the main names in the struggle for land in the country, explained, in one of his speeches, the difference between “occupation” and “invasion”, the second term is commonly attributed to the mobilizations of the landless, with a view to the criminalization of MST actions.
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The MST leader went on to highlight legal aspects of agrarian reform: “What our movement does, recognized by jurisprudence, is not invasion. It is an occupation, and an occupation here is not possessive robbery, so much so that, to his despair, of the many occupations that took place in these 40 years throughout Brazil, no one was arrested or convicted”. “If you want to put an end to the occupation, expropriate the large unproductive properties, because there is land there for everyone”, he argued.
Stedile also criticized Brazilian agribusiness after deputy Ricardo Salles (PL-SP), rapporteur of the MST’s Parliamentary Inquiry Commission (CPI), came out in defense of the production model.
“Latifundia are not interested in producing. They want to appropriate nature’s goods to accumulate wealth. So they appropriate public land, wood, ores, water, biodiversity and accumulate wealth. But what is the benefit of this model for society? ? None. What is their contradiction? They have no future. Society no longer accepts large estates as a way of exploiting nature.”
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Editing: Vivian Virissimo