Brazil: Massacre Against Peasants is being Prepared; LCP Unmasks Farce of Rondônia Military Police

The following is an unofficial translation of the article “LCP desmascara farsa da PM de Rondônia e o preparativo de massacre” by the League of Poor Peasants (LCP).

Note from the editorial staff of AND:  According to a warning issued by peasant families, the military police who are laying siege to the Camp Tiago dos Santos, in the vicinity of Porto Velho (Rondônia), are preparing to invade the site in the early hours of October 9. The complaint was received by the drafting of  DNA  through peasants in the area.

Warn that the men [police] are going to invade tonight. Stay tuned. They are using the surrounding residents to say that they are being terrorized and they are pressing the government to invade and attack terror in the camp.

One of ours just came back from the gate where they are camped and the locals said that every time the [police] helicopter goes up it throws 380 caliber capsules to try to frame us

Down with the crude assembly of the Rondônia government and its Military Police (PM) that seek to demonize the peasants fighting for land to carry out evictions, arrests and massacres.

A representative from LCP will participate in a live debate today, October 9, at 5 pm, together with a representative from the Helena Greco Institute. The debate link: Poster for disclosure at the end of the note

Since the early hours of today (October 8) the government of Rondônia has sent 300 police officers armed to the teeth to besiege the Tiago dos Santos camp, in Nova Mutum-Paraná, where 600 families live, more than 2,400 men, women and children. The police are shooting at the motorbikes or anything that moves in the camp, preventing the entry of anything and even food, when hundreds of children have not been able to drink milk since last Monday, in a real dance of terror.

After 5 days of the serious events in the region, a succession of facts, strong revelations from the peasants of Camp Tiago dos Santos and the behavior of the monopoly press and mainly of the “brown sites” in service of the landowners and the gunmen, increasingly unmasking the storm of lies, provocations, accusations, threats and the gross assembly of the Rondônia government and its MP to demonize peasant families in their hard struggle for a piece of land to work and survive.

On October 5, the day after the death of the MP’s, Sebastião Martins, brother and lawyer of the biggest land grabber in Rondônia, Antônio Martins “Galo Velho (Old Rooster),” filed a petition in court asking for the execution of an injunction to remove the more 600 families, over 2,400 men, women and children, from the Tiago dos Santos Camp. This 57 thousand hectare area, occupied and kept unproductive, is the land that peasant families have been fighting for since 2016. Since then, peasants have been attacked by gunmen and removed by judicial decision. One of those who fought for this land, comrade Tiago dos Santos was assassinated and the current camp is named after him.

In July of this year, 2020, the same “Old Rooster” and his brother were arrested for conspiracy, buying false documents to steal public land and for buying documents marking unproductive land as productive, in addition to having blocked more than 300 million reais ($54.2 million USD). Federal Judge Herculano Nacif, of the 5th Federal Court in Porto Velho, already deceased, judged all of his cases, including having been responsible for overturning the land expropriation process, which was already underway at INCRA (National Institute for Colonization and Agrarian Reform), at the time.

This is the most revealing fact after the events next to this encirclement of the camp. But, what happened before October 3, 2020?

There were almost daily flights of MP helicopters, as now, in the area of the Tiago dos Santos camp. But it is important to emphasize, once again, what is recognized by the “security authorities” of Rondônia themselves, IT WAS NOT IN THE AREA WHERE THE FAMILIES ARE THAT THE MP’S WERE KILLED. There were also several pictures of armed “raccoons” (what the peasants in Rondônia call the gunmen in service of the landlords) circulating on the internet and videos promising to clean up the “landless” region under the command of the “Old Rooster.”

If the first police officer who was killed was simply fishing in an area of agrarian conflict, which the MP monitored with helicopter flyovers, as the versions prepared by the “brown sites,” the security secretary, and the MP command would have us believe, it would be at least very strange that being a policeman, the dead person would be unaware of the tense situation in the region, which has been going on for at least four years.

But assuming that the dead policeman was fishing there, the fact is that those who circulate in the areas close to the camps of peasants fighting for the land are gunmen of the occupied latifundia (landlords). It is public knowledge in Rondônia that among the gunmen, there are always retired and active police, as evidenced by the publicly known, among others, the case of Sergeant Moisés (from Rondônia MP), in the slaughter of nine peasants in Coniza-MT on April 19, 2017; Case Sergeant Moisés JB News and the case against Sergeant Moisés in the Official Gazette of Mato Grosso of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Region. Because so lightly and automatically this corrupt press from Rondônia, the MP command, and the security secretary blames the death of the MP’s on the peasants, when it is a well-known practice for police officers to serve as raccoons for landowners to torture, murder, and burn cars. It is, for example, the case of the murdered young peasants Alyson and Ruan, in February 2016 at Fazenda Tucumã, in Cujubim-RO, a crime for which landowners, police and gunmen led by the same fugitive Sergeant Moisés from the aforementioned Coniza massacre responded. In this case, it is evident that the policemen who entered the area where the retired MP was killed, did not go there simply to fetch his body, but to “clean up the mess,” since another MP was killed and others injured in “confrontation” with the “landless,” as the defenders of the latifundium and their hideous crimes of killing peasants, deforesting and burning the Amazon forest, and not confronting the same gunmen who killed the retired MP and who let their colleagues escape on purpose, as is exposed above.

And what about the so-called “Operation Mors,” in Jaru-RO, in July 2016, where the federal police overran and arrested an extermination group that operated in the Jaru region and the Jamari Valley, with dozens of executions, and in which eleven members were from the Rondônia MP. Eleven military police are arrested during the operation of the Federal Police of Rondônia.

The accusation against the peasants is so absurd that it contradicts the logic of the version of this corrupt press in Rondônia and its “brown sites,” that of the PM security and command secretary. When setting up such a version that it was the peasants of that camp who killed the policeman who was fishing, they did not realize the inconsistency of the lie. In other words, that the “gang of criminals of the landless,” as demonized by peasants fighting for land, “murdered the retired policeman who was fishing” and that these “highly dangerous bandits,” as stated by the security secretary in an interview, let the companions of the dead policeman cross the river and leave. This version corroborates exactly with the thesis that the killers are raccoons of the “Old Rooster,” who set up to cruelly kill the policeman and let his companions escape so they could ask the army corporation for help. A provocation for the bribed press to sway public opinion and to justify that the State and its organs of repression, with blood in their eyes, fell on the peasants and razed their camp. Likewise, it is the version that a police contingent, following the denunciation of the murder by those who escaped, would have gone to the scene to rescue the body and been shot, had to leave with the death of a sergeant and injuries to others. According to the complaint of those who escaped, why was the contingent sent? It was not great because otherwise they would not have backed down. If it was small, why did they do so in the face of the murder of a policeman in an area of agrarian conflict? A crude assembly! Provocation of which, probably the command of the MP did not even know that members of the army corporation had addressed to that area, but that by their nature of defender of the landowners thieves of public lands, they need to cover up the facts with this crude assembly.

Knowing the Rondônia police, in which the Secretary of Public Security, Colonel José H. Cysneiros Pachá, a Rondônia MP officer well-known for his direct participation in the repulsive Massacre of Corumbiara of August 9, 1995—Corumbiara officers received promotions, then lieutenant at the time, who can doubt that if these parasitic defenders of the land-grabbing landlords really believed that the police were murdered by “terrorists” and “armed landless militias,” the LCP, etc., would they not have immediately killed as they did in Corumbiara, in Eldorado dos Carajás and so many others who bloodied the peasants’ struggle for land in the history of our country?

In Rondônia, the PM command knows, everyone knows, that the landlord’s pistol schemes work inside and outside that corporation, and usually when there is a “mismatch,” conflicts of interest or other contradictions in the correctness of the criminal matter, the solution is very violent. Hence, the machinations of the landowners with the elimination of police officers cannot be excluded in order to provoke the demonization and fury of the repressive forces of the State against the peasants fighting for land, exactly in order to expel them.

As a reminder, in the early 2000s, three peasants, including two LCP activists, were accused and arrested for murdering an employee, in fact a raccoon of the “old Rooster,” in the dispute over land that was proven to be illegally occupied. At the trial, the lawyer for the peasants recalled the day when former president João Figueiredo had given that land to the occupiers. One of the LCP activists spent four years in prison, at least two years in Urso Branco. At the aforementioned trial, one of the prosecution witnesses, a military man, subordinate to then Major Enedy, acknowledged that Rondônia police officers, to complete their pay, worked as security for landowners. The widow of the dead raccoon also reported the strange insistence of “Old Rooster” to procrastinate for so long for her husband to receive his “arrears.” The peasants were acquitted. After being publicly demonized, defamed, and morally lynched.

This is what, once again, we are experiencing!

The peasants of the Tiago dos Santos Camp, the more than 600 families, more than 2,400 men, women and children, are ordinary people, peasants who have already been cowardly and illegally expelled from their possessions, many went to work in the construction of Jirau forced to leave their families, became unemployed, and penniless. Together they are fighting for this public land, stolen and taken over by landowners who are considered criminals for the service to this old state, with the collusion of judges and civil servants, as the only way to survive in the face of brutal unemployment, misery, pandemic and violence against the people!

In addition to situations of crass montages such as this to justify the continuation of the centuries-old massacre of peasants and the defense of landowner thieves of public lands, also when, tired of the endless exploitation and suffering, peasants radicalize the struggle for land, demonize them even more to massacre them. This collection of parasites, after sucking the sweat suffered by these humble Brazilian workers and hardworking hands, still wants their blood. In order to take his hideous and disgraceful crime, he insists on defaming them as “landless tramps” and, when they fight and do not bend, “bandits” or “terrorists!”

The peasants are innocent!

The League of Poor Peasants is a movement for the struggle for land!

This bunch of reactionaries are terrorists and murderers, servants to the wages of landowners who are thieves of public lands, who want the blood of these peasant families, humble workers. In addition to crude montages such as the case in question, also in every struggle that these honorable Brazilians radicalize for being exhausted from being sucked to the last drop of sweat by these explorers, thieves of public lands and other parasites that surround them, this cheap, lying, corrupt Rondônia press, shameless corrupt politicians and fascist military men, accustomed to feeding themselves with the blood of defenseless and unarmed impoverished masses, insist on every opportunity to hatefully disqualify as “landless vagabonds,” and when they face them and don’t bend.

The peasants are innocent, they are honorable workers!

The League of Poor Peasants is a movement for the Brazilians disinherited from everything fighting for land!

Even a buffoon senator, the target of several lawsuits for participation in murder, embezzlement of public money, and participation in paramilitary militias, went to Mutum Paraná to appear as if he were in the area of the conflict, to wave his slovenly and repulsive flag of fascism.

This pile of garbage demonizes the peasants and their sacred fight against burnout and launches slaughter and massacres against them, it does, moreover, to serve their blood at the banquets where they hand Brazil over to their imperialist masters.

This is the truth!

May the true Democrats and Progressives rise up against this announced crime and the bloodbath against the peasants of Camp Tiago dos Santos. 

Down with the demonization and criminalization of the struggle for land!

Land for those who till and live on it!

Long live the Tiago dos Santos Camp!

The terrorists and murderers are liars in service of landowners who are the thieves of public lands!

The National Commission of the Poor Peasants League

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