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April 17th, 2016: International Day of Peasants’ and Farmers’ Struggle

La Via Campesina Call for Mobilisation-For Life, Land, and Healthy Food: 20 Years of Resistance 20 years after the Eldorado dos Carajás massacre, the bloodshed continues. But our resistance as peasants and farmers is stronger than ever (Harare, March 24th, 2016) This 20th anniversary of the International Day of Peasants’ and Farmers’ Struggle is taking... Read more →

Every day should be international day of peasants’ struggles

First published by euobserver  Brussels, 18 April, 2016 The 20th anniversary of the International Day of Peasants’ and Farmers’ Struggle was marked on Sunday – a date that highlights the persecution and violence suffered by peasants and farmers around the world. It’s probably a date not many people have even heard of. Another one of... Read more →

Serikat Petani Indonesia (SPI) to organise around the Int’l Day of Peasant Struggles (April 17) and Rights of Peasants Day (April 20)

For peasants in Indonesia, two dates in April – the 17th and the 20th – hold massive significance in their persistent struggle for peasants’ rights. 17 April, the day of Eldorado dos Carajás massacre in 1996, when 19 peasants were killed while struggling to defend their land, is marked as the International Day of Peasant... Read more →

17 April, 2019: International Day of Peasant’s Struggle

Every year, during the week of 17th of April, the International Day of Peasant’s Struggle of La Via Campesina, we commemorate the massacre of the landless peasants in 1996 in Eldorado dos Carajás, Brazil while struggling for comprehensive agrarian reform. During the protest, the Brazilian military police in the Amazonian State of Pará attacked members... Read more →


On April 17, 1996, members of the Landless Workers‘ Movement MST were shot dead by the military police of the state of Pará with impunity. This incident shocked the whole world and provoked massive resentment, especially in rural communities. La Via Campesina responded with solidarity actions and demands for justice, mobilising peasant communities not only... Read more →

17 April 2022 – International Day of Peasant Struggles

17 April is the International Day of Peasant Struggles, commemorated by La Via Campesina every year to remember the Eldorado do Carajás massacre in 1996 and highlight the continued criminalisation, oppression and repression of peasants, workers, and indigenous people communities worldwide. This year also marks a special milestone in the life of La Via Campesina. We are... Read more →