Expropriation 101 – Landless Occupy Drug Lord Farm in Brazil

Personally, I see nothing wrong with this:

“Police say 300 families took over the property owned by Juan Carlos Ramirez Abadia in Rio Grande do Sul state. The ranch, said to be worth nearly $1m (£500,000), was confiscated when he was arrested last August. The accused is in a high-security jail in Brazil awaiting extradition to the US on drug and racketeering charges. He is regarded by the authorities as one of Colombia’s leading drug-traffickers.

(…) The protest has been organised by the Brazilian landless movement, the MST. The MST says the land was bought with money raised through criminal activity and it wants the government to use the area to settle local families. It says it intends to remain on the property until it gets a response from the authorities.But officials say the auction will go ahead and that a judge who ordered the sale of the properties will ensure the protesters are removed.”

Well, it’s a shame. There is a logic to this; a logic similar to that depicted in Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein’s film, The Take. These people plan on working that farm to make a living. It would be a productive investment to let them use it in such a fashion. Some community benefits might be derived from it. I say, let the peasants have it!