After the massacre of landless on the 17th of April 1996 in Brazil, in which 19 were killed and 69 injured by paramilitaires, Via Campesina (es, en, fr) has declared this day as the International Day of Farmers' Struggle (es, en). In a global campaign for Agrian Reform, Via Campensina calls for a change of the land and rural policies of the World Bank, but numerous other issues are taken up on this Global Day of Action. This year, actions took place in at least 26 countries.
A17: MST occupies the INCRA office
In Latin America, a continental campaign against the FTAA (ALCA) called for protests against the new bi-lateral freetrade agreement TLC between Ecuador and the US (es, en). Actions took place on 15 April in Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Columbia and Venezuela (all es).
In Brazil (pt), the Landless Farmers Movement (MST) occupied the officies of INCRA, the National Office of Agricultural Reform.
In Europe, numerous (de) smaller actions and events took place, for example in supermarkets [1, 2, demanding fair prices for agricultural products, but also protesting against GM food [1, 2, 3 (de)]. In Germany, the a national demonstration took place for a GM-free agriculture(de). [ Via Campensina (en, es, fr) | Peoples Global Action (PGA) (en, es, fr, de) | biotechimc | ftaaimc ]