Conflicts in agriculture have resulted in 71 deaths in 2017 in Brazil
An organization that fights for farmers' rights reports an increase in violence in recent months.
Rural land disputes in Brazil resulted in 71 deaths in 2017, the highest figure in fourteen years, according to the Catholic Land Commission (CPT), an organization that defends the rights of rural children. CPT stressed that violence has led to ten more deaths than in 2016.
The NGO mentioned in particular the massacre of nine farmers, who were tortured and savagely mutilated in an isolated area of the state of Mato Grosso (west). Other homicides include ten deaths in Para (north) and six in Bahia (northeast).
"Conflicts and executions show (...) the priority given by the government to economic groups, landowners and rural business owners that, in the past, have behaved violently," said Paulo César Moreira, of CPT.