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Brazil Landless Activist Killed, Official Fired

A member of Brazil’s radical Landless Workers Movement was killed during a shootout with security guards as a group of activists tried to invade a farm in the southern state of Parana on Tuesday, security officials said. The shooting, part of escalating violence over land invasions in Brazil’s countryside, occurred as the government fired the head of the agency overseeing agrarian reform. The landless movement, or MST, has stepped up land invasions in recent months, to 117 in the first half of the year compared with 103 during all of 2002, in a show of force intended to increase pressure for land reform on Brazil’s first elected left-wing government. Their actions have prompted landowners to arm themselves and warn the government not to go soft on land invasions, which in the past the MST restricted to unused farmland. Full Story

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