The following is an unofficial translation of two articles from the revolutionary peasant newspaper Resistência Camponesa, updating on the situation of the peasants at Camp Manoel Ribeiro.
Peasants Resist Blitzes and Intimidating Tactics Around Camp Manoel Ribeiro and Neighboring Areas
Original article: “Camponeses resistem à blitzes e abordagens intimidatórias no entorno do Acampamento Manoel Ribeiro e em áreas vizinhas” published December 10.
Police officers from the military police special operations group, together with the civil police, increased intimidating approaches in bars and roads in the Renato Nathan, Zé Bentão and Maranatã areas. Intimidation intensified after the electoral farce ended.
All of these areas targeted by the attacks are close to Camp Manoel Ribeiro and are part of the lands of the old Fazenda Santa Elina that were taken and cut by the people 10 years ago.
The peasants denounced that at least two vehicles, one identified and one in plain clothes circulated in the region, approaching peasants on local roads and bars on December 4.
In a flagrant illegal and persecutory attitude, the police arrived at commercial establishments wielding heavy weapons; they photographed the documents and faces of those present and took their phone numbers. As it was Friday night, they were quite busy.
Residents also denounced the presence of people from outside the region and police officers at the headquarters of the Nossa Senhora Aparecida farm on the same day (December 4).
Attempts to intimidate repression have been constant in the rural region of Chupinguaia and Corumbiara since the peasants occupied the lands of the latifundio Nossa Senhora Aparecida in August.
As a result of the frequent attacks, peasant work vehicles such as motorbikes and trucks have already been taken in these raids and workers have been arrested for carrying hunting and defense weapons, which is very common in rural areas throughout Brazil.
During the approaches, with a clear intention of criminalizing the struggle for land and political persecution against the peasants, the police insistently asked if the workers knew Camp Manoel Ribeiro, its residents and the League of Poor Peasants. Police officers also expressed all their hatred against workers in statements such as “No land is all a bum! They steal land from others. ” These facts make clear once again the anti-people character of these guard dogs of the landowners who consider all peasants and poor people as potential suspects, while the wealthy landowners, thieves of public lands, those responsible for the most heinous crimes, representatives of the most backward in this semi-feudal and semi-colonial system go unpunished.
Peasants Are Not Intimidated and Show Resistance
On October 23, workers reported that two vehicles of the tactical force of the military police surrounded Camp Manoel Ribeiro, stopping vehicles in the surroundings and in the neighboring revolutionary areas.
As they approached the Camp, fireworks went off to alert everyone of the reaction agents.
A group of peasants promptly headed to the front of the occupied area, where the vehicles of repression stopped. Raising flags and their work tools (sickles and hoes), the families shouted slogans and sang fighting songs.
Seeing the peasants’ willingness to fight, the police, who claimed to be at the service of operation “Peace in the Countryside,” stepped back and set up a blitz on the corner of the road that leads to the camp.
According to complaints from residents, the vehicles, coming from Chupinguaia, stopped at the headquarters of the latifundio Nossa Senhora and set up at least 4 blitzes on the MC01 line, via the rural region quite busy by those traveling between Chupinguaia and Corumbiara.
A peasant, a resident of the region, who was carrying a bag of cassava as a donation to the camp was stopped by police officers who, without permission, photographed the worker and also his documents. In flagrant arbitrariness, the agents still tried to coerce the peasant to unlock the cell phone he was carrying, without success.
Other peasants stopped at the blitzes also reported that they were asked if they knew where the so-called “Corumbiara Massacre” occurred and if they knew about the camp.
Also according to reports, police officers made intimidating footage of the movement of workers in the region and hijacked at least two motorbikes on this occasion.
Latifundium Intoxicates Peasants and Contaminates the Environment with Poison Near the Manoel Ribeiro Camp (Video)
Original article: “Latifúndio intoxica camponeses e contamina ambiente com veneno próximo ao Acampamento Manoel Ribeiro (Vídeo)” published November 16.
Large amounts of poison have been sprayed with the use of airplanes over the lands of Fazenda Nossa Senhora Aparecida, near Camp Manoel Ribeiro, causing the poisoning of peasants and serious environmental risks to the region.
For days on end the poison is released on the region which, in addition to watercourses, has the installation of the dam of the Cachoeira Chupinguaia plant.
Using airstrips located on the lands of the latifundio Nossa Senhora Aparecida, some of which are located on the banks of the Usina Chupinguaia dam, the planes are fueled with the aid of an adapted truck known as uniporte (cricket).
Peasant records show the devastating action of the poison that left large tracts of land exposed with the death of vegetation.
The consequences of the crime of the latifundio are already felt. Children and adults at Camp Manoel Ribeiro and neighboring areas started to show symptoms of itching and allergies since the beginning of the spraying of the poison by the latifundium.
Families also reported finding dead insects, birds and fish nearby.
The indiscriminate use of pesticides, applied in the elimination of part of the pasture and insects for the planting of soy, occurs at the moment when the rainy season begins, a fact that further aggravates the contamination of water sources, soil and groundwater with the infiltration of the poison into the earth.
The use of airplanes for spraying agricultural pesticides poses serious risks to the health of the surrounding residents and to the environment, as it covers large areas, far beyond those intended for planting.
Several countries have already banned aerial spraying of pesticides, due to the serious risks they pose to the population and the environment.
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