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The struggle for the land: a final march

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Films - Roots of the Land
Cartography - Land Occupations: Families per Region
Tables - Brazil - Land Occupations - Number of Families - 1988 - 1999

The struggle for the land: a final march

Peasants on the Cuiabá plantation - which now belongs to them by federal decree - march toward the final occupation of the buildings that form the headquarters of the property. Sergipe, 1996.

Salgado, Sebastião. Terra: Struggle of the Landless. Preface by José Saramago. Verses by Chico Buarque. Translated by Clifford Landers. London: Phaidon Press, 1998: 134-35 (photo), 143 (caption). Thanks to Sebastio Salgado for providing free use of his photographs and captions on this web site. For further information about the photographs and captions contact


November 2002

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Compiled by Else R P Vieira. Translation © Thomas Burns.

'An organized action of Sem Terra families to appropriate an area on a latifundium for the purpose of pressuring the government to disappropriate the estate and implant a rural settlement. Thus, it is a space for struggle and resistance and has been the main form of access to the land' (Fernandes, Bernardo Mançano. A formação do MST no Brasil. Editora Vozes, 2000, p. 281). 

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