Syngenta's corporate militia attack Via Campesina members in Brazil

25 October 2007 - 5:50pm
News

pmsc_via_campesina

Motta was a member of Via Campesina, an organization representing millions of small farmers around the world that helps them to resist the exploitation of multinational corporations and governments. War on Want is a proud partner in Via Campesina's work around the world.

Seventy peasant families had occupied the multinational company's experimental test site since March 2006 to denounce the illegal planting of genetically modified (GMO) soy and maize seeds in the area. The soy seeds had been planted within the boundaries of the protected Iguaçu Falls National Park, which was declared a UNESCO world heritage sight in 1986. In July 2007, after 16 months of resistance the families left the area moving to a provisional settlement called Olga Benário.

On the morning of 21 October 2007, about 150 peasants from Via Campesina re-occupied Sygenta Seeds' test site. At around 1:30pm, a bus stopped in front of the main entrance and approximately 40 heavily armed gunmen got off and started shooting at the peasants. The gunmen killed Valmir Motta with two gunshots to his chest, shot five other peasants and assaulted Isabel do Nascimento de Souza, leaving her in critical condition. Syngenta Seeds, one of the world's biggest agribusinesses with sales of over $8 billion in 2006, hired corporate mercenaries who have carried out violent evictions and attacks on landless peasant camps in the region. The company's actions have been denounced repeatedly, including on 18 October during a public hearing coordinated by the Human Rights and Minorities Commission of the Federal House of Deputies.

Via Campesina is demanding an investigation into the attacks on rural workers. They, and the residents of the Olga Benário settlement which borders with the Syngenta test site, continue to oppose the company's oppose GMO experiments in the area as it will contaminate their own seeds and will damage their health and the environment.

 

 

]]>

Putting farmers in control

There is alternative to our global food system of free markets supplemented by aid

Latest news

Meet the frontline activists facing down the global mining industry

11 December 2017 - 12:15pm

Leaders from the frontlines of mining struggles in the Philippines, Colombia and Uganda travelled to the UK this November to expose the true costs of the UK’s extensive ties to the global mining industry and oppose the Mines and Money Conference in London - a global hub of mining finance and power. 

By Tatiana Garavito, Sebastian Ordoñez and Hannibal Rhoades, originally published on Red Pepper.

Read more

The McStrike demonstrates why the right to collective bargaining is a fundamental human right

10 December 2017 - 12:15am

10 December 2017 - On Human Rights Day,  War on Want's Economic Justice campaigner Owen Espley explains why Workers Rights are Human Rights. 

This article originally appeared on the TUC Blog 

Read more

Join the conversation

Don't be a political mug, GET a political mug! #PovertyIsPolitical https://t.co/0zT5nkHJBS 6 hours 56 min ago
Inside the #WTO the men in suits use ‘green rooms’ to secretly shape #trade rules to favour the rich . Meanwhile, o… https://t.co/l477adyRkW 7 hours 52 min ago
Join us in telling @HSBC to end business links with human rights abusing companies. https://t.co/D9JTOIClm3https://t.co/M5TtQqNxQF 8 hours 10 min ago