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Barbed wire

'Formed by two interlaced wires, where barbs of the same type of metal are fixed at regular intervals, making passage difficult or preventing animals from escaping the fenced-in area. In the land struggle, barbed wired represents the fence of the landed-estate, which means expropriation, violence, poverty, and hunger. For this reason, every time the Sem Terra occupy a landed-estate, they cut the barbed-wire, symbolizing the break from a situation of exclusion to one of resocialization and citizenship (Fernandes, Bernardo Mançano. Pequeno Vocabulário da Luta pela Terra. Unpublished).


November 2002

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