The Landless Movement is one of the most important things that has ever happened
in Brazil. Many of us cherish in our hearts a great hope in its members,
for obliging Brazil to take the agrarian question seriously. The MST brings
together today every type of labourer, as they invade unproductive estates and
live in the poverty imposed on them by the landowners of the latifundia.
What they are asking for is that the government give them land. In the face
of this scandalous affair, the whole of Brazil ought to cry out. The whole mechanics
of Justice and the Police in Brazil, every Brazilian official mechanism,
exists to guarantee the latifundia, those great estates that lie unproductive,
employing no one (2).
1 Editor’s note: Darcy Ribeiro was an eminent Brazilian anthropologist
and writer. He also held the post of Minister of Education. A researcher and
author of several books, amongst which O povo brasileiro/ Brazilian People
stands out. He died in 1997.
2 Editor's note: Reprinted from Calendário Histórico dos Trabalhadores,
produced by the Education and Formation Sector of the MST, with permission.