Brazilians Protest US Nun’s Murder

    Brazilian representatives of non-governmental organizations, the landless, performers, lawmakers, and intellectuals met in the center of Rio de Janeiro, February 18, to protest the murder of the American-born, naturalized Brazilian missionary, Dorothy Stang, who was shot to death on February 12 in the state of Pará, in northern Brazil.

    Dressed in white with a black band symbolizing mourning over the death of the nun and rural laborers, the demonstrators called for an end to rural violence.


    In the note released by the organizers, they demand, among other things, punishment for those responsible for the murders, the transfer of investigations to the federal justice system, the repossession of illegally occupied public lands, and federal intervention in the state of Pará.


    The president of the Human Rights Movement, the actor, Marcos Winter, who promoted the demonstration, called for sterner measures from President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in search of solutions to end agrarian disputes.


    In Winter’s view, the government lacks political will. Another actor, Osmar Prado, who also participated in the protest, blamed the explosion of violence on the lack of agrarian reform.


    According to data from the Catholic Church’s Land Pastoral Commission, in the past 20 years over 500 people have been the victims of violence practiced by lumber companies and landowners in the state of Pará.


    Translation: David Silberstein
    Agência Brasil

    Tags:

    • Show Comments (1)

    • Guest

      I am doing a Graduation Project on the slums in Brazil.
      Can you help me.

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    comment *

    • name *

    • email *

    • website *

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    Ads

    You May Also Like

    Brazilian shows passport after being refused entry in Spain

    Brazil Calls EU’s New Immigration Pact Violation of Human Rights

    The Brazilian government is telling the world that the recent decision by EU's Justice ...

    Political Turbulence in Brazil Lowers Consumer Confidence Level

    Brazilian Consumers’ confidence fell once again in July, according to the 20th Consumers’ Expectations ...

    Sí£o Paulo, Brazil, Refuses Federal Help After Gang Attacks Leaving 9 Dead

    Gang violence that is terrorizing São Paulo, Brazil’s biggest and richest state, may require ...

    Jornal do Brasil

    119-Year-Old Jornal do Brasil Closes Print Edition and Goes Online

    Jornal do Brasil, one of Brazil’s best known publications, will discontinue its print edition ...

    Brazil-Venezuela Joint Venture Will Make Brazilian Northeast Self-Sufficient in Oil

    The construction project for an oil refinery in Industrial and Port Complex of Suape, ...

    Brazil Lacks 6.5 Million Houses

    Brazil’s Minister of Cities, OlÀ­vio Dutra, affirmed that Brazil will have to spend US$ ...

    Fetus With No Brain to Be Used in Transplants in Brazil

    Brazil’s Federal Council of Medicine (CFM) approved this Wednesday a resolution that permits Brazilian ...

    Bulgaria and Brazil Talk Sports and Diplomacy

    Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva received the President of Bulgaria, Gueórgui Parvánov, ...

    Brazil and Canada to Discuss Haiti in Argentina

    The Prime Minister of Canada, Paul Martin, will meet with President Luiz Inácio Lula ...

    Wood & Stock, Brazilian Otto Guerra's animated movie

    San Diego Showcases Some of Brazil’s Best and Most Outrageous Movies

    The San Diego Latino Film Festival is back to southern California for the 14th ...