- May 10, 2021
Land conflicts grew in Brazil in 2019, which was President Jair Bolsonaro’s first year in office. According to the Bishops’ Conference’s Land Pastoral Commission (known as the CPT), there were 1,254 incidents in the country last year, an increase of eleven percent compared with 2018.
Marcio Rodrigues dos Reis’s murder on Dec. 4 in the Amazonian city of Anapu was the 15th case of a peasant being killed in the region due to land conflicts since 2015, according to the Pastoral Land Commission (CPT), which is affiliated with Brazil’s National Bishops’ Conference.
Leftist political parties have also set their eyes on land owned by the Catholic Church in South Africa.
A debate about land redistribution in South Africa is heating up, with the country’s new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, saying it is right and fitting to “expropriate land without compensation” in order to correct what he has described as “a historical wrong” that was done to black people.