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Landless rural workers occupy Congress

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More than 1,000 landless rural workers temporarily occupied the Lower House of Brazil’s Congress on Tuesday, ransacking part of the building and its installations. They were calling for more money and action from the government to speed up agrarian reform. Demonstrators scuffled with security forces, destroying computer terminals and temporarily occupying the building’s main lobby. Officials said 20 people were hurt – one seriously. Protesters say they want the annulment of a law that prohibits land occupied by landless rural workers to be redistributed to them by the state.