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Action Demanded over 178 Peasant Killings in Venezuela’s Land Struggle

In a press conference held in Caracas on Wednesday by the Association of Relatives of Assassination Victims (Asofavisi) and the

Rural groups are demanding that justice be done in the cases of 178 peasant assassinations in the struggle over land ownership in Venezuela, and that humanitarian assistance be extended to victims’ families.

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Honoring Indigenous Resistance Day in Venezuela, the Struggle Continues

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro marked the day of indigenous resistance by handing over more titles to collective ownership

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro marked the day of indigenous resistance by handing over more titles to collective ownership of indigenous lands on Sunday.  But the struggle for recognition, fertile land, and against illegal mining continues for Venezuela's indigenous communities. 

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Hundreds of Rural Families in Venezuela Retake Idle Land for Agricultural Production

Roland Dennis and Fresia Ipinza announce the takeover of lands by the “Land and Liberty” commune in the state of Guárico (A

On Saturday, hundreds of rural workers and their families took over land in the state of Guarico, calling on the National Land Institute (INTI) to support their takeover. Supporters of the recent takeover emphasize the urgency to expedite land expropriations considering the shortages and economic war that Venezuela currently confronts.

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Venezuelan Farmers on Disputed Land Say They Have No Intention of Vacating

José Tapia Coirán points to an example of the ubiquitous farming equipment on Hato Santa Rita land, accused of being “unprod

On May 2nd, the Venezuelan Supreme Court motioned to uphold the November 2003 ruling in favor of landowner Rogelio Peña Aly, economist and former mayor of Barinas state, who claims his land has been illegally occupied since February of 2003. The peasant communities currently inhabiting the vast “Hato Santa Rita” estate believe they are within their rights under the Land Law, a position which late president Hugo Chavez publicly supported.

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Venezuelan Peasants Protest Supreme Court Decision to Return Lands to Agribusiness

Jose Tapia Coiran: “Our production is for the people, for the state, for the institutions. These lands were rescued.” (Aporr

On Monday, hundreds of peasant workers, or campesinos, gathered in a central plaza of the Venezuelan capital Caracas to protest a Supreme Court decision. The ruling upheld agribusiness and large landowners’ claims to ownership of land that has been cultivated by peasant collectives for over 12 years.

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Commune Activists Denounce Murders in Mountains of Western Venezuela

Yusmery Escobar, one of many activists demanding since last year that the government combat the assassination of rural activists

Communes and social movements have demanded that the government combat the assassination of rural activists in the mountains of western Venezuela, which they say is undermining communal organising in the region.

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Venezuelan Government to Continue Pace of Land Expropriations for “Agrarian Socialism”

The latest land occupation facilitated by the National Land Institute (INTI) is underway in the south-western state of Apure. (V

This year the Venezuelan government plans to continue its pace of land expropriations in order to move towards what it terms “agrarian socialism”.

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Two Rural Activists Murdered in Venezuela

Following the two murdered activists’ funeral yesterday, the rural organisation, to which Freddy Saya and Gerson Rojas belonge

Two rural activists were murdered in Venezuela last Friday, which a national rural workers’ organisation is attributing to the activists’ role in combating contraband and price speculation. 

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Venezuela Receives 320 Technicians from the FAO; Maduro Sets Sights on 80,000 Urban Agriculture Projects

Urban agriculture in Merida (Tamara Pearson/Venezuelanalysis)

 Three hundred and twenty Venezuelan technicians trained with support from the United Nations World Food and Agriculture Organisation are being put to work to improve domestic agricultural productivity, President Nicolas Maduro announced yesterday.

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Rural Deaths in Venezuela Politically Motivated, Linked to Paramilitaries, Rights Group Says

Venezuela's land disputes have claimed over 300 lives, according to unofficial figures from community groups (Archive)

The alleged murder of a rural worker in Lara state is the latest in a series of killings allegedly linked to paramilitaries in the far north of the Andes, according to a local human rights group.

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Venezuela Recognized for Exceptional Progress toward Reducing Malnutrition

“These countries are leading the way to a better future,” said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, shown here pres

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) recognized Venezuela as one of 18 countries that had achieved exceptional progress toward reducing the prevalence of malnutrition at its headquarters in Rome earlier today.

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Venezuelan Government Moves Forward with Seeds Law, Movements Demand Anti-GMO Measures

A banner at last week's Caracas anti-Monsanto protest (Aporrea tvi)

The Venezuelan government will continue its efforts to increase national food production and combat the use of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) through a new Law on Seeds, president of the Agri-Food Development Subcommittee for the National Assembly Alfredo Ureña announced on Friday. 

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Venezuelan Peasants Relaunch the “War on Latifundio” in Lara State

"War on the large landholders - Revolutionary Current Bolivar and Zamora" (Chris Carlson/ Venezuelanalysis.com)

Landless peasants from the western state of Lara announced they were relaunching the “war on latifundio” last week when hundreds of them invaded and occupied a large estate belonging to the local elite.

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Venezuelan Government Commits to Resolving Indigenous Yukpa Land Issue

Sabino Romero (archive)

Following the murder of indigenous Yukpa leader Sabino Romero three weeks ago, a committee of 17 Yukpa met yesterday with the minister for foreign affairs, Elias Jaua, who promised to make payments so their lands could be inhabited by them.

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Venezuelan Indigenous Yukpa Leader Sabino Romero Assassinated

Yukpa Chief Sabino Romero, an indigenous and land rights activist, was assassinated on Sunday night (AVN)

Indigenous Yupka chief and land rights activist Sabino Romero has been assassinated in an act which has generated public repudiation from social movements and the Venezuelan government alike. A high profile investigation into the killing has been launched. 

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