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Brazil: Interim Gov’t to Lift Limits on Foreign Land Ownership

HeadlineMay 27, 2016

In Brazil, the interim government has announced plans to abandon the current limits on foreign land ownership, clearing the way for land grabs by multinational corporations. The interim government took power earlier this month after the Legislature voted to suspend President Dilma Rousseff and begin impeachment proceedings—a move that a growing number of residents and Latin American countries are calling a coup. This comes as Brazil’s powerful Landless Workers Movement, known as MST, has promised to launch a new wave of land occupations. Brazil already has vastly unequal land ownership, with 1 percent of the population owning nearly half of all the land.

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