The Brazilian Justice ruled in favor of landless campesinos in a process that took more than 50 years. It is concerning a wide strip of land located in the Pontal do Paranapanema, state of São Paulo.
The area in question is more than 92,000 hectares, an area comparable to the municipality of Rio de Janeiro.
The court ruled that the land was illegally occupied during the first decades of the Republic.
Therefore, it determined that the land belongs to the State.
The region is now a centre of the sugar cane and livestock agro-industry.
Since the court decision, a hundred rural properties can be expropriated for agrarian reform purposes.
Story courtesy of Agencia Pulsar, a news agency run by AMARC-ALC network of community radios