URGENT ACTION ALERT!
MST Activist Killed, Letters Could Help Bring Those Responsible to Justice
[Note from GJEP: Brazil may be the first country after China to commercially release GE trees. The dangers of Brazil’s open arms policy to genetic engineering companies is demonstrated by the murder of an MST activist who was occupying a field of GE crops. Please take action.]
On October 21 at 1:30 p.m., a Via Campesina encampment located at Syngenta’s 127-hectare farm used for field trials of genetically modified crops in Santa Tereza do Oeste, in Parana, Brazil, was attacked by an armed militia. During the brutal attack, a leader and activist from the Movement of Landless Workers (MST) and member of Via Campesina, Valmir Mota de Oliveira, 42 years old (known as “Keno,”) was killed at point-blank range by two shots to the chest.
In order to ensure the punishment of those responsible for the aforementioned crimes-primarily those who ordered the attacks-as well as the disbandment of armed militias in the region, we are asking all friends and allies to send letters to the Syngenta headquarters in the United States, with a copy to the Swiss Embassy in Washington, DC.
Your action is crucial to ensure an end to injustice and impunity in Brazil’s countryside. Please ACT NOW!
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Top Right: MST settlement, Brazil. Photo: Petermann/ GJEP