Residents of the São Francisco camp, in Vitória de Santo Antão (PE), report an increase in violence in territories occupied by the Landless People’s Movement (MST). In recent months, three people have been murdered.
The last murder was that of Josimar da Silva Pereira, shot dead while heading to a community rice plantation. The crime occurred one day after an arson that occurred on a neighboring plantation.
The Pastoral Land Commission (CPT) registered 973 cases of conflict in the countryside in the first half of 2023 alone. In 2022 there were 791 cases of disputes in the regions.
For Tânia Maria de Sousa, a Commission worker, the owners and farmers use intimidation to try to expel them from the camps. “They start to threaten more to see if the people back down”, says Tânia in an interview with Repórter Brasil.
The São Francisco camp is one of the oldest in Pernambuco, having existed in the area for 29 years. Three other leaders are awaiting entry into the state protection program, due to threats.
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