social change in Brazil. "We support the implementation of agrarian reform and other structural reforms, an agenda already deep throughout Brazilian society, but not yetrealized," she explained.Among other points that unify the various organizations of the working class in Braziltoday is the application of 10% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the educationsector and 10% to the health sector. In 2013, the public debt service still consumesmore than 40% of the budget, preventing investment in strategic areas for socialdevelopment, such as land policy and education.
Peasants block major highways of Alagoas
The blockades started in the first hours and should extend throughout the day in order to get the message that "the stuggle has never stopped" by
Railton Teixeira, Maceió
, AlagoasEarlier on Thursday (July 11), peasant social movements blocked some major roadsof Alagoas in adherence to the guidance of Via Campesina in the municipalities toorganize this National Day of Struggle. The blockades started in the first hours andshould extend throughout the day in order to get the message that "the struggle hasnever stopped."Roads were blocked in the municipalities of Murici, União dos Palmares, Flexeiras, Novo Lino, Atalaia and Joaquim Gomes (forest area). Porto Calvo and Maragogi(coastal), Arapiraca, Girau Ponciano (uncultivated), Delmiro Gouveia, Olho D’Águado Casado e Olho D’água das Flores (sertão [semi-arid region of the Northeast]), andsome cities in the low and mid São Francisco.The mobilization has membership of the Liberation Movement of the Landless(MLST), Movement of Landless Rural Workers (MST), Movement Land, Labor andFreedom (MTL) and the Pastoral Land Commission (CPT).According to Josival Oliveira, national leader of the MLST, rural workers were never silenced and always hold their demonstrations. According to him, the ways to protesttoday follow the same methodology adopted by peasant social movements.Also according to Josival Oliveira, land reform still remains the main banner of struggle that mobilizes the activities of peasant social movements. In addition thereare numerous other issues related to education, health, security, infrastructure and public policy which are the main challenges encountered in the peasant struggle."That's why our staff will be in our home towns blocking highways, so in this way wecan show society that at no time do we remain silent in the face of the oppressivesystem which kills rural workers and burns their homes" emphasized Oliveira.He also pointed out that the federal government's intention is to stifle public policiesin the countryside, thus taking the welfare programs, offered to city workers, from thefarmers. In addition, they are blocking the resources allocated for agrarian reformsettlements. "Thereby causing, in this way, the arbitrariness and atrocities perpetrated by the large estates. There are no guarantees in the law, plantation owners assume the