For nearly 40 years, Brazil’s Landless Workers’ Movement (MST) has been fighting the concentration of landownership among the country’s elite through the direct occupation and settlement of fallow lands. Founded at the end of Brazil’s military dictatorship, the MST now has settlements and occupations throughout the nation. TRNN contributor Michael Fox reports from an MST settlement in the state of Paraná, where landless workers have built their own homes, schools, and cooperative farms. Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement, or MST; the largest social movement in the Americas, one and a half million members.
By EFE in Fox News Latino - Some 1,000 members of Brazil's MST Landless Movement on Monday occupied the finance ministry to protest the austerity policies of President Dilma Rousseff. The MST activists arrived during the early morning, occupied the first floor of the building and blocked access to ministry officials, police said. In a communique, the MST said that the protest was called to protest the combination of spending cuts and tax hikes that the Rousseff government decided to implement to shore up public finances and straighten out the economy, expected to shrink at least 1.5 percent this year. Alexandre Conceição, a member of the national MST coordinating body, told reporters that the cuts in public spending announced by the government has reduced by almost 50 percent the funds available this year for agrarian reform.