Farmworkers Seize Land in Massive Honduras Protest
Plantations are on public land, activists say
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 19, 2012 3:31 AM CDT
Riot squad officers stand guard as rural workers vacate a plot of land they had occupied earlier in the day in San Manuel, north of Tegucigalpa.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Honduras saw its own kind of Occupy protest erupt yesterday. Thousands of impoverished farmworkers in the Central American nation took over land belonging to major landowners in a coordinated series of protests around the country, reports the BBC. The farmworkers insisted that the land was public land that small farmers can legally grow crops on under Honduran law, while the plantation owners said they had legally bought the land from the government.

Around 30,000 acres were seized across the country. Some 1,500 farmworkers peacefully left a sugar plantation after police and soldiers arrived but other occupations continued overnight, reports the AP. 'We want to avoid any type of confrontation," said a spokeswoman for the Via Campesina—"Peasants' Way"—activist group, adding that the farmworkers were unarmed. Dozens of farmworkers have died in land disputes in Honduras in recent years and activists want the government to open a national dialogue on land reform.

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JudMiller
Apr 19, 2012 11:17 AM CDT
This is the kind of lawlessness and anarchy that Obama would like to bring to America. Property rights are what separate the US from banana republics like the Honduras. Only a few more months to get rid of the clown president. Thank goodness.
$4565535
Apr 19, 2012 10:45 AM CDT
Imagine if this happened in America. Then Conservatives would finally have a legitimate thing to be freaking the hell out over.
Observer
Apr 19, 2012 8:33 AM CDT
Our little puppet state has the highest murder rate in the world. And we have US troops on the ground there in major bases. How many people realize and care that our military is a corrupt, drug smuggling, threat to all people? They are out of control and dangerous. Shut down all foreign bases and prosecute the Generals that order killings and other immoral criminal acts against unarmed civilians. Stop the DEA from launching commando attacks. Stop all the bullshit that our "heros" create and actually punish them. Note the black suited Pigs in this photo. Where does an impoverished nation get money for these Nazi outfits? From America of course. We ARE the Fucking Nazis that we once went to war AGAINST. The DoD is a secret society that is wrecking millions of lives worldwide. It is disgusting.