Occupation of the Giacometti plantation, which at 205,900 contiguous acres
is the largest in the state of Paraná. It belongs to an economic group
in the state of Rio Grande do Sul which specializes in the extraction of lumber.
At the start of the 1980s the government had decreed expropriation of the area
as a latifundio, based on size. However, as the Giacometi group had
close ties with the political establishment then dominant in the state of Paraná,
the expropriation process was shelved.
Finally, the occupation of the latifundio by over 3,000 families,
thus creating an unavoidable fact, will oblige INCRA, the National Institute
of Agrarian Reform, to initiate the process of examining the area, with the
objective of identifying it as a latifundio. The next phase will be
expropriation and payment to the owners with National Treasury bonds. If the
project achieves its goal, the area will be big enough to install more than
4,000 families, directly generating through its productive activites over 8,000
jobs. Paraná, 1996.
Salgado, Sebastião. Terra: Struggle of the Landless. Preface
by José Saramago. Verses by Chico Buarque. Translated by Clifford Landers.
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