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Uhh, the Lula way is a very slow way
Lula’s land reforms aren’t working well; he needs fast restructuring
31/05/2007

Most of the Latin American countries are moving from anti-capitalism to anti-Americanism and finally to defined and refined socialism. Brazil elected Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of the Socialist Party as its President. But the popular President Lula is now struggling to control the impatience of thousands of landless, homeless street labours and workers. Lula, after his inauguration in 2006, had promised to reform land distribution. His resettlement of 400,000 families and similar moves were supposed to prove his credentials. But now, workers claim that the pace of land reforms is far from satisfactory. What’s the true picture?

While the landless, homeless peasants started their movement for land in 1985 under the controversial but well known organisation for landless workers, Movimento dos Trabalhadores Sem Terra (MST), the movement has been fruitless so far – while in 1991, nearly 14,000 poor homeless street workers were staying in temporary roadside camps, that number has grown to 70,000 in 2006.

In reality, though one might want to emotionally support Lula, the fact is that Brazil has become one of the few countries in the world having the highest glaring inequality in private land ownership. At the bottom of the hierarchy, while 5 million families now are miserably landless, about 6.5 million families with ‘smallholdings’ are crowded into 25% of farmlands, where almost 80% of the rural population lives. Startlingly, around 500,000 Brazilians at the top of the ladder now occupy about 75% of the cultivated land, with an average holding of 600 hectares. Lula, it’s time for you to learn from Chavez...

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