This is the last article you can read this month
You can read more article this month
You can read more articles this month
Sorry your limit is up for this month
GOVERNMENT forces have launched an overnight attack on an alleged Maoist camp in Brazil’s Porto Velho region, holding around 600 families under siege as troops prevented entry and exit.
Around 300 police and soldiers stormed the Tiago dos Santos camp, which has been blockaded since October 5, with residents deprived of food and other basic goods.
Helicopters flew overhead as security personnel attacked the peasants with tear gas and batons.
Earlier this month, women and children living in the camp issued an urgent video appeal, saying that the siege had caused a shortage of milk for babies.
“We are all very concerned here with the rights violations that can happen — murders, torture, humiliation and retaliation against innocent peasants,” they said.
The camp, organised by the Poor Peasants Union (LCP), was surrounded after residents were accused of involvement in the killing of a Brazilian police officer, despite no evidence being offered to support the claim.
Security forces were egged on by far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, who shared video footage of peasants in another camp where police had been driven out.
The LCP insisted that it had nothing to do with the murder, and that it took place in a settling of scores between Brazil’s military police and organised criminal networks.
Some 2,000 men, women and children live in the camp and are locked in a battle for a public area of more than 57,000 hectares, which they say was stolen by landowner Antonio Martins dos Santos using forged documents.
The LCP insisted: “The land belongs to everyone who lives and works there.”
It issued an urgent plea for solidarity and for the international community to put pressure on the Brazilian government to prevent what they feared could become a massacre.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by joining the 501 club.
Just £5 a month gives you the opportunity to win one of 17 prizes, from £25 to the £501 jackpot.
By becoming a 501 Club member you are helping the Morning Star cover its printing, distribution and staff costs — help keep our paper thriving by joining!
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Printing Press Society.
The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society.
Shares are £1 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder has an equal say. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our paper thriving.
Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals over £100.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by donating to the Fighting Fund.
The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of corporate media. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried.
The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on you, our readers and friends. With a regular donation to our monthly Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and tell truth to power.
Donate today and make a regular contribution.