Fighting for Food and the Global Struggle of Farmers
This 17 April is the 20th annual International Day of Peasants' and Farmers' Struggle. It is also a solemn reminder of the risks that millions of farmers face in their seemingly innocuous ambition to simply grow and sell food. Twenty years ago, on 17 April 1996, 19 farmers, members of the country's Landless Workers' Movement, were killed in the Brazilian state of Para as they tried to occupy an unproductive ranch near Eldorado dos Carajas. Military police opened fire on the protestors, resulting in one of the worst massacres of modern Brazilian history.