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11 Jul 2017

teleSUR (Venezuela)

Brazil: 13 police officers arrested for allegedly participating in massacre of 10 rural workers in a farm in Para

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"Brazil Arrests 13 Policemen Involved in Para Campesino Massacre-Landless workers demanded justice for the killing of 10 Brazilian campesinos more than two months ago.", 11 July 2017

Thirteen police officers have been detained for allegedly participating in a recent massacre that killed ten campesinos in the state of Para, north of Brazil, the most deaths in a land conflict since 1996...[N]ine men and one woman, on the Santa Lucía farm in the town of Pau D'Arco were killed by Brazil's military and civilian police as part of an eviction order led by state forces on May 24. Security officials alleged that the police were fired upon as soon as they arrived at the farm to carry out 14 arrest warrants against people accused of the killing of a security guard employed by the ranch owner a month before. No officers had any injuries after the conflict. Survivors, witnesses, and victims' family members contradict these claims, saying that police arrived on the scene shooting and made no attempt to inform anybody of a legal order...[V]ictims were members of the League of Poor Campesinos, a group of landless activists and 150 families seeking an agrarian reform in the area. The United Nations and the Interamerican Court of Human Rights have already condemned the killing and the excessive use of force by the police, demanding answers from the government of Michel Temer. In 1996, Para state police shot and killed 19 land activists who had blocked a highway to protest their right to remain on a ranch that 3,000 families had occupied...

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