Monday, 9 March 2009

Brazil Will Finally Curb Actions by the MST ... Finally ... Finally ...

Finally, the Workers' Party realised that it was in power -- six years after.

The government is asking the Federal Supreme Court (STF) to reinstate a decree passed in the administration of former President Fernando Henrique Cardoso that helped quell land invasions by the MST by almost 66 percent in 2002. Read this story in O Estado de S. Paulo. Why? Because it can't contain the MST -- which 25th anniversary is simply transforming into more invasions and poverty for the already-battered farming industry in Brazil.

The biggest test for the Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva administration in his first term was posed by the growing unrest of social movements that supported him. But things got out of control, partly because the president and his ruling Workers' Party were too lenient on those groups -- the most prominent of them being the Landless Peasants' Movement (MST.) Here are the consequences of such leniency. We have anticipated growing risk of unrest as the global recession cuts agribusiness revenues, sparks more rural unemployment and deprives farmers of money that would otherwise be funneled to ease demands by the MST and peers.

Will the STF support the government in this one?

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