Outbreak of Killing in Brazil as Landowners Work to Displace Farmers | Global Justice Ecology Project: No arrests were announced in the slayings which took place Thursday (April 20) in a hard-to-access settlement in Mato Grosso state. A human rights group said the killings were part of a pattern of brutal pressure from rich landowners to displace small-scale farmers from lucrative territories.
The state’s security service said in a statement yesterday that the victims, all men, ranged in age from 23 to 57.
They were reported to be inhabitants of Gleba Taquarucu do Norte, which is near the border with Bolivia and only reachable on foot or by boat, with no cellphone coverage. One was a pastor from the popular Assembly of God church, police said.
“Preliminary information is that the victims showed signs of stabbings and gunshots,” the police statement said.
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