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The Frente Brasil Popular repudiates the use of police repression and the armed forces

2017-05-25 Brasil.jpgThe Frente Brasil Popular vehemently repudiates the use of police repression and the Armed Forces, which assaulted thousands of Brazilians who participated in the March of the Working Class, jointly organized by all trade unions and the movements Frente Brasil Popular and Povo sem Medo. 

The use of the Armed Forces, thousands of tear gas bombs and rubber bullets demonstrates the current weakness of the administration of Michel Temer and his allies – a government that has become even more unstable after the numerous allegations of corruption involving the President himself.

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Political Declaration – Second Continental Assembly of the CLOC-LVC

b_350_0_16777215_00_.._es_images_II_Asamblea_CLOC_12.05.17.jpgDeclaration from the Second Continental Assembly of the CLOC-LVC

(Santandercito 4 May 2017) The Latin American Coordination of Rural Organizations, CLOC-La Via Campesina, met in Santandercito, Cundinamarca, Colombia – home to Camilo Torres, María Cano, Juan de la Cruz Varela, Víctor J. Merchan. 150 delegates and 80 organisations representing peasants, indigenous, and afro-descendent peoples coming from 22 countries in Latin America also came to commemorate the Second Continental Assembly, under the slogan: Against Capitalism, for the Sovereignty of our Peoples: the Americas remain united in Struggle ­­– dedicated to the Eternal Commander Fidel Castro Ruz.

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Appeal for Solidarity with Palestinian Prisoners and detainees on hunger strike in Israeli prisons

2017-05-10 - carlos_latuff.jpg09 May 2017

By Union of Agricultural Work Committee (UAWC)

To all Human Rights and human dignity defenders, 

To all who oppose Israel crimes and terrorism,

Palestinian Prisoners and detainees are on an open hunger strike for the 23rd day respectively demanding of their basic rights, Israeli brutal Occupation has detained their freedom as a punishment for their legitimate struggle against occupying their homeland, it even deprived them from their basic needs, and practices systematic repressive policies against them, which violates the International Law principles.

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Marcha Campesina: remembering César Chávez and the struggle for justice and dignity

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_201-04-03_Chavez_March_Texas.jpgEl Paso, Texas: On Friday, March 31, 2017, a 'Marcha Campesina' (March of the Peasants) was organised to remember César Chávez and to remind the society that the struggle for justice and dignity for women and men, working in the fields and in the canneries, continues.

César Chávez was born on 1927 in Yuma, Arizona. If he was alive, he would have turned 90 years old on Friday, March 31. He died on April 23, 1993 in San Luis, Arizona.

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Our food is not your agri-business! March 25 mobilisation in Rome

2017-03-31 Rome Mobilisation.jpgEuropean Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC) held its annual General Assembly from the 23-25th of March 2017.

Delegates from 22 countries came together in Rome, where on day one of the assembly, Fabrizio Garbarino, president of the host organization ARI, Associazione Rurale Italiana welcomed everyone and initiated the process.

The assembly paid homage to our departed comrade Nicolas Duntze before it moved on to discuss the preparations being made for the VIIth conference of La Via Campesina scheduled to take place in July, 2017 in Basque. 

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Bharatiya Kisan Union backs Tamil Nadu farmers protesting with human skulls in New Delhi

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_Protesting_farmers_placard.JPG27 March: On Monday, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), a member of La Via Campesina and led by its President Rakesh Tikait joined farmers from South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, who have been protesting in Jantar Mantar, New Delhi since last two weeks.

The farmers from Tamil Nadu, led by P Ayyakanu of South Indian River Interlinking Farmers’ Association had grabbed wide spread attention after they brought along with them what they allege are skulls of farmers who committed suicide due to farm distress.

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La Via Campesina is shocked to learn about the assassination of MST militant, Waldomiro Costa Pereira

2017-03-21 MST.jpgWaldomiro Costa Pereira, a historic militant of the Landless Workers Movement (MST) of Brazil, was killed on Monday 20 March by five strangers who invaded the hospital in the city of Paraupebas. Costa Pereira who was in the hospital of the city of Paraupebas, was recovering from an attack of which he was victim last Saturday.

"Last weekend Waldomiro was the victim of a gunshot wound on his property, in the municipality of Eldorado dos Carajás. He was sent to the General Hospital of Paraupebas, where he underwent a surgical procedure, but at dawn on Monday five men invaded the medical center, surrendered the guards and executed him, "official sources said.

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