Editor’s Note: The following is an unofficial translation of an article by Brazilian democratic newspaper A Nova Democracia (AND).
By Taís Souza
On June 2, civil police broke into and invaded the local headquarters of the League of Poor Peasants (Liga dos Camponeses Pobres, LCP) in the city of Jaru, Rondônia. This is the second invasion in less than two months. According to the movement, the criminal act took place at the behest of the governor of Rondônia, colonel of the Military Police (Polícia Militar, PM), Marcos Rocha, and the bodies of repression headed by the security secretary, also PM colonel, José Hélio Cysneiros Pachá, the so-called “butcher of Santa Elina”.
According to photos released by the agencies themselves, the police from the 1st Precinct of Jaru broke into and invaded the headquarters of the peasant movement. They seized posters, printed materials containing denunciations of the murders of peasants carried out by the spraying of large estates, other materials about historical facts of democratic and revolutionary transformations in various countries around the world, as well as editions of the newspaper A Nova Democracia.
The seized materials were considered dangerous by the governor. In the seized documents and materials, there were denunciations of crimes committed by the latifundium in collusion with the old state, carried out by paramilitary gangs coordinated by land robbers or by guaxebas [hired gunman of the landlords -Ed], such as the well-known case of the murderer Sergeant Moisés.
The press spokesperson for the latifundio stated that these materials were “informative and indoctrinating.” He also said that there were signs of recent use at the site, which is evident, according to LCP, as the organization’s headquarters are public and operate during business hours during all working days and often on weekends, receiving, organizing, supporting and defending the peasants of Rondônia.
Persecution of peasants in the city of Chupinguaia continues
The LCP also denounces the persecution of families neighboring the Camp Manoel Ribeiro, in the city of Chupinguaia, on the border with Corumbiara, in Rondônia.
Illegally, the police continue to invade peasant houses in search of alleged weapons or information from peasant leaders and people’s lawyers who are at the service of the workers. There are also reports of power cuts and searches of peasants who have left the camp, a fact that involves intimidation and threats to the families of political prisoners, Ezequiel, Luis Carlos, Estefane and Ricardo.
The organization declares that these facts are part of an ongoing criminalization campaign to end any and all rights of popular demonstration and organization, in a vain attempt to stop the struggle for land. They state in a note released on 06/03: “Inevitably they will fail once again! They fear the strength of the organized people, as it is who will demand and dearly from them and from all the bloodsucking landlords of the nation true justice.”
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