English home Forum Photo Gallery Features Newsletter Archive   About US Help Site Map
- Newsletter
- Online Community
- China Biz Info
- News Archive
- Feedback
- Voices of Readers
- Weather Forecast
 RSS Feeds
- China 
- Business 
- World 
- Sci-Edu 
- Culture/Life 
- Sports 
- Photos 
- Most Popular 
- FM Briefings 
 About China
- China at a glance
- China in brief 2004
- Chinese history
- Constitution
- Laws & regulations
- CPC & state organs
- Ethnic minorities
- Selected Works of Deng Xiaoping

Home >> World
UPDATED: 10:39, June 08, 2006
Brazilian president calls Congress invasion "vandalism"
font size    

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said Wednesday that the actions of peasant protestors who had invaded the country's legislature on Tuesday were "vandalism" rather than legitimate democratic protest.

"What we saw yesterday was not a legitimate democratic act. It was... vandalism," Lula said at the presidential palace. "Those people crossed the line... of public discourse."

Despite the strong remarks, he stopped short of blaming Bruno Maranhao, leader of the Landless Liberation Movement (MLST) and also a senior member of Lula's Workers Party (PT).

Also on Wednesday, the PT suspended Maranhao, who is the national secretary for people's movements, and said they had sent his case to the party's ethics committee.

Hundreds of landless farmers armed with sticks and stones invaded Brazil's Congress on Tuesday, smashing windows and furniture to demand agrarian reform.

Meanwhile, some 300 members of the MLST, waved flags and held up banners saying "Stop Criminalizing Social Movements."

Tuesday's protest was the second undertaken in protest at delays to an 800-million-U.S.-dollar land reform bill. Last year, MLST members invaded Brazil's Treasury to demand the passing of the measure.

Source: Xinhua

Comments on the story Comment on the story Recommend to friends Tell a friend Print friendly Version Print friendly format Save to disk Save this

- Text Version
- RSS Feeds
- China Forum
- Newsletter
- People's Comment
- Most Popular
 Related News
- Over 500 protestors detained for ransacking Congress building in Brazil


Manufacturers, Exporters, Wholesalers - Global trade starts here.
Copyright by People's Daily Online, all rights reserved