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Violent land clashes up in Brazil under Lula: study

Violent clashes over land increased during Brazil President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s first term, disappointing rights groups that hoped the former union leader would alleviate rural tensions, a report issued on Thursday said. The report by 30 local human rights groups said 1,690 violent land disputes took place in Brazil this year. That represented an 83 percent increase over 2002, when Lula was first elected president on a platform of social justice and robust economic growth. Full Story

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