August 9, 2006 by cosmoakacitizensmith
On International Women’s Day, 2000 women activists from La Via Campesina, a Latin-America-wide land reform organisation of which the MST is a part, invaded a tree nursey belonging to Aracruz Cellulose in Barra Ribeiro in the state of Rio Grande do Sul.
They trashed it.
The idea was to draw attention to the company’s appalling record in planting eucalyptus and driving indigenous tribes off their land in order to do so.
Fair play. Full respect. You can read more about it here.
This was a change to the MST’s usual scheduled programme of land occupation, folks. Here was a full-on action with a major news fallout. Several of the activists were caught on camera afterwards by the Brazilian TV company Globo. All of them have since been released without charge.
Nevertheless, the media did go mental, despite the fact that when companies like Aracruz Cellulose violently evict people from their own land, the media more often than not remains silent.
This action was discussed in the organisation as a whole before being carried out. There is now a debate going on about its effectiveness.