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Potential Border Conflict: Brazilian Illegal Settlers invade building at the Uruguayan Border

Movement Los Sin Tierra MST

Movement Los Sin Tierra MST

Yesterday , Brazilian Illegal Settlers of the “Movimiento de los Trabajadores Sin Tierra” (MST)   invaded a brazilian state  building at the Uruguayan Border. The Department of Public Works of Deliverance of Livramento (located near the uruguayan province of Artigas) was the target of the protest due to “a delay in road construction, ” they said. The “Sin Tierra” is a radical gang og illegal settlers, and there is a possibility that they are testing the reaction of the uruguayan-brazilian border authorities. The “Sin Tierra” have been always interested in expanding their activities into Uruguay.

This country has now a new President, José Mujica, and he used to be also one of the leaders of the former uruguayan guerrilla group “Tupamaros”.

About one hundred settlers linked to the Movement of Landless Workers (MST) of Santana do Livramento occupied yesterday morning  the Municipal Works of the municipality.

The Group set up camp in front of the office and prevented the exit of the parking machines. They require the presence of representatives of the Brazilian National Institute of Colonization and Agrarian Reform (INCRA). Among the main demands is the improvement of roads giving access to the ilegal settlements. The group planned to spend the night there. The local Secretary for Works, Hélio Benih, closed the doors of the office and laid off employees. The situation looks complicated.