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Brazil: MST leader killed

01 February 2013

by a staff reporter

THE leader of the Landless Workers' Movement (MST) in Brazil has been shot dead as he was cycling home.

Cicero Guedes, aged 54, was killed near a former sugar-plant that members of the MST had occupied.

The MST campaigns for land reform and the rights of landless workers. Activists are frequently subjected to death threats.

The country manager for Christian Aid in Brazil, Mara Luz, said: "Cicero Guedes is one more peasant leader murdered in recent years only because he was defending the distribution of land and resources in one of the most unequal countries in the world." A service in his memory will be held on Sunday.

A report by Christian Aid on inequality in Brazil says that three per cent of the population owns two-thirds of all arable land.


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