The Socialist Party of Zambia strongly condemns the use of force by the Bolsonaro government against the MST in Bahia.
Last Wednesday, the Minister of Justice and Public Security, published Ordinance No. 493 in the Official Gazette (DOU), determining the use of the National Public Security Force (FNSP) in the municipalities Mucuri and Prado, where the MST maintains settlements.
The decision of the Bolsonaro government is outrageous and disproportionate. Bahia is located in a territory with rich and fertile lands that are the target of financial speculation, international capital and local oligarchies.
In view of the threats and arbitrary attacks, we strongly support the MST’s commitment to remain organized and in struggle so that the settlement and camp areas remain increasingly strengthened.
It is unthinkable that the Bolsonaro government can wage gross injustices against the landless people during a time when Brazil has the second highest number of Covid 19 cases and has recorded over 100,000 pandemic related deaths.
We stand in solidarity with and urge the MST and those in the settlement and camp areas of Bahia to continue in resistance.
Issued by Dr Fred M’membe on behalf of the Politburo of the Socialist Party
September 4, 2020
Mwika Village Chinsali