- Published on Monday, 18 April 2016 18:46
(London, April 2016) The Landworkers’ Alliance (LWA) hung a 7m banner over the entrance to the treasury today to highlight the continued sell off of publicly owned farmland and council housing under the Government’s austerity programme. The action took place as part of La Via Campesina’s ‘International day of Agrarian Struggle’ that will see co-ordinated actions across more than 70 countries highlighting threats to the livelihoods of 200 million ecological and family farmers worldwide.
The LWA’s action focused on the 9,500 acres of publicly owned farmland and 219 working farms that have been sold by local councils since 2010 under pressure from the Government to raise capital and meet fiscal deficits. The sell off of the public farmland estate is part of £37bn of privatization sales made by George Osborne since 2010 under which public food and farming assets have been regarded as any other commodity to be bought and sold.
- Published on Monday, 18 April 2016 18:28
(KARACHI, April 13, 2016) Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF) has launched a week-long mobilization campaign with peasants in Sindh province to commemorate the International Day of Peasants’ and Farmers’ Struggle, scheduled on April 17, 2016. The theme of the world peasant day for this year is ' Life, Land, and Healthy Food'.
PFF chairperson Muhammad Ali Shah in a statement issued on Wednesday said they are going to express solidarity with world peasants, reminding them that Pakistan's Sindh province has cruel culture, where a large number of farmers families are living a life like slaves and do not have access to basic facilities.
PFF believes in resistance to safeguard peasants, who are facing fears and chaos due to exploitation and being deprived of their crop share in the province.
- Published on Sunday, 17 April 2016 00:38
European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC), Brussels, 16 April 2016
It has been twenty years since the tragic day in Brazil’s northern state of Pará where 19 peasant men and women were murdered by government security forces. Considered by many as the culmination of the regional –and global- persecution against those defending their land against corporate interest, today the persecution and violence perpetrated against us has not eased.
In the global North as in the global South, the offensive against peasant lands and rights has been unrelenting. Since the beginning of 2016 the reports of peasant leaders murdered have been continuous. Fourteen in Honduras; six in the last six weeks in Colombia, and two landless peasant members of Brazil's MST movement were killed just last week.
- Published on Sunday, 17 April 2016 00:24
While Friday, April 15th is marked by many street protests all over the country, at Brasilia the mobilization to fight is permanent. Until the afternoon of the 5th day of the occupation at the National Camp for Democracy and against the Coup, more than 3.5 thousand people already shared the daily routine at the Mané Garrincha Stadium surroundings.
“The mobilization is growing constantly. Each time more people arrive and the people all around Brasilia has been very supportive”, explains Rafaela Alves of the Small Farmers Movement (MPA) and and a member of the Camp organization.