10,000 Brazilian Farmers Block Road in Protest Against Mercosur

    Approximately 10,000 rural producers of the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, in southern Brazil, participated, yesterday, in a protest for the revision of production costs, and against imports from Mercosur countries.

    Producers of rice, wheat, soy, corn, meat, grapes, and wine, with more than 350 tractors, 250 trucks, and 110 buses were present at the event, which caused a 75-mile traffic jam.


    Participants requested an adequate policy for the sector, and manifested against losses in the cultivation of rice, as well as against its importation from Uruguay and Argentina, among other issues.


    Rural producers mobilized at a national level, led by the Brazilian Confederation of Agriculture and Livestock, and by cooperatives, intend to make similar protests in other states, such as Goiás, Paraná, Tocantins, Mato Grosso, and Mato Grosso do Sul.


    Rights to Mercosur Worker


    Approximately 2.1 million Mercosur workers, working out of their home countries, will benefit from the economic bloc’s Social Security Multilateral Agreement, which will be effective starting today.


    There are 370 thousand professionals from Mercosur member countries currently working in Brazil.


    The agreement guarantees social security rights to Mercosur immigrant workers in the bloc’s country (Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina, and Brazil) in which he/she has contributed to the social security system.


    Agência Brasil

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