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Landless Protests Spread Across Brazil

March 2009

A longtime partner of Grassroots International, Brazil’s Landless Workers’ Movement (Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra, or MST) is Latin America’s largest popular movement. The MST has been at the forefront of social action for just land distribution for 25 years. Through the MST’s efforts, close to 350,000 families have been settled and another 150,000 families are living in encampments, awaiting title to their land.

The MST is also a member of the Via Campesina, a powerful global network of more than 150,000 million small producers. On International Women’s Day, the MST and the Via Campesina demonstrated throughout Brazil, demanding agrarian reform and rights for small farmers and women.

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