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The Sights and Voices of Dispossession: The Fight for the Land and the Emerging Culture of the MST (The Movement of the Landless Rural Workers of Brazil)


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Photo by Carlos Carvalho, MST Archives São Paulo
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Zé Rainha, MST leader in the state of São Paulo. (SP). Arrested. The meanders of the case created the jurisprudence that mass occupations be treated as social problems.

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November 2002

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Compiled by Else R P Vieira. Translation © Thomas Burns.

Zé Rainha
'MST leader in Pontal do Paranapanema (São Paulo). Stood out along with other militants for exposing the greatest falsifying of land documents in the state of São Paulo. From the beginning of MST work in Pontal, the Sem Terra have succeeded in establishing 55 settlements in the region' (Fernandes, Bernardo Mançano e Stedile, João Pedro. Brava gente: a trajetória do MST e a luta pela terra no Brasil. São Paulo: Editora Fundação Perseu Abramo, 1999 ,p. 116, n. 4). 

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