Brazil Elections: Subversives of “Movimiento Sin Tierra” supports Dilma Rousseff
Brazilian illegal land settlers
The world’s most subversive land reform organization informally support the official candidate for president of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, despite what they sees as lackluster government support for their cause.
The founder of the Movement of “Landless Workers” (MST), Joao Pedro Stédile, told Reuters in an interview that a victory for the candidate of the ruling Workers’ Party (PT) in October presidential elections would open the way for more ilegal occupations of land by the movement.
The violence and land conflicts will probably increase if the other candidate Jose Serra wins, said Stédile from Sao Paulo.
“With Dilma, our social base you will find worthwhile move, to go forward, more occupations and strikes,” said 56 year old activist, who does not usually give interviews.
While “if Serra wins, will be a complete hegemony of agribusiness. It will be the worst of all worlds. There will be more repression, and thus more tension in the field,” he said.
The MST, a ultra left-leaning group that represents nearly half a million subversives, formally endorsed the candidacy of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva when he won his first election in 2002, hoping for a boost to their cause, but has been disappointed by the president tilting into an ideology of the center.