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Weekly Report - 3 May 2005

BRAZIL: MST excuses Lula, targets two ministers

Fresh from the 'Red April' campaign of land invasions, the movement of the landless, MST, has set out on a 200-kilometre march on Brasí­lia with the stated aim of persuading the government to change its policy on land reform. It is now accusing two cabinet ministers of colluding with big agribusiness to block agrarian reform. At the same time, the government has been facing protests from rice growers about to be evicted from a huge indigenous reserve.

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