Members of Camp Terra e Liberdade, set up on two farms in the region of Parauapebas (PA) on November 20, left the site the following day after negotiating with the National Institute of Colonization and Agrarian Reform (Incra). Now, families await registration and inspection of land for allocation for agrarian reform.
After the visit of institute representatives to the camp, a list of demands was delivered. In addition to registration and inspection of the area, families ask for basic food baskets and tarpaulins to be provided, in addition to a visit from the president of Incra.
“The visit of Incra representatives to Camp Terra e Liberdade was an important step in the workers’ struggle for land here in this region. The workers are organized in a process of struggle for land. The Incra representatives committed to taking the workers’ agenda to the superintendent of the agency”, highlighted Pollyane Soares, member of the state coordination of the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST) in Pará.
Brasil de Fato contacted Incra’s advisors in the region, but did not receive a response until the publication of this report.
The families that participated in the occupation had to deal with violence. According to the MST, farmers in the region laid siege to the occupation with the support of the state’s police forces and intimidated the campers, preventing people from entering and leaving the area.
To Brasil de Fato, the Secretariat of Public Security and Social Defense of Pará (Segup) informed in a note that “specialized teams from the Civil and Military Police were on site to investigate and repress possible practices of the crime of possessory theft, which is when possession of an asset illegally, without rights or authorization, and still maintaining order and security in the area. The eviction of the area occurred peacefully.”
“We have put in place a beautiful process of resistance against the violence that seeks to intimidate us, in the face of the process of violence we decided to withdraw from the occupied area, but we will remain mobilized in a ‘temporary camp’, preparing ourselves to face our enemies and conquer our piece of land”, summarized the MST note.
Editing: Rodrigo Durão Coelho