Families living in the Comuna da Terra Irmã Alberta, in Perus, in the Northwest region of São Paulo, carry out an act this Saturday (2) against the threat of eviction. The Basic Sanitation Company of the State of São Paulo (Sabesp), formal owner of the land, took action to recover the area, which has been occupied for 21 years. The place is the only agrarian reform territory in the capital of São Paulo.
A notice of eviction action was served last week by a bailiff. The Judiciary, however, has not yet granted the injunction, which allows families to organize themselves to resist. In this context, the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST) highlights that all support received is fundamental.
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The Comuna da Terra Irmã Alberta has been one of several MST camps for 21 years. There live 50 families out of the 70,000 across the country who are waiting for the land to be regularized.
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In recent days, representatives of the Commune were received by the Fundação Instituto de Terras do Estado de São Paulo (Itesp) and the National Institute of Colonization and Agrarian Reform (Incra) and presented a demand for them to intercede with the sanitation company in search of a solution. .
This Saturday’s demonstration is scheduled for 3pm. In addition to an ecumenical act, there will be a cultural vigil and details about the progress of the process will be released. Parliamentarians and representatives of popular movements are expected to express support for the families.
The Commune area has around 100 hectares, where foods such as avocado, cassava and grapes are grown. The land, which would be destined for a type of dump, was occupied in July 2002, following a collaboration with the Pastoral Land Commission (CPT), with the support of Sister Alberta Girardi, a tireless fighter for human rights who would later die in 2018, aged 97.
Editing: Rodrigo Durão Coelho