Argentina: Campesino land taken by force

by January 14, 2010

Campesinos are demanding recognition of their rights and calling for an end to logging and violence after a family was violently evicted from their land, two weeks ago, in the Argentine Province of Juyjuy.

According to a statement from the family, employees from the company KRAM SA, which is owned by a relative of the Argentine Ambassador to Bolivia, illegally evicted them to make way for a new transgenic soy plantation on their land.

During the eviction, Gloria Mamani, an 80 year-old Campesino (farmer), was beaten and dragged across the ground.

Gloria's son, Juan Mamani, tried to stop the employees from carrying out the eviction by firing a warning shot into the air. However, police from the nearby town of Palma Sola were called in. "Instead of defending the lawful owners of the land," the police arrested Juan; Gloria; Gloria's husband; and Armando Ortega, Juan's Uncle.

The four family members were all later released: Juan was held for a period of four days, until January 4; and the rest of the family was released the day after the eviction, on December 31.

"They killed our animals, they shot them[...], they disposed of the whole ranch of cattle, horses and goats, the pigs, they shot everything. They poison[ed] our water, we don’t have drinking water" says Gloria's granddaughter. "We are trying to organize to see how we can stop them."

The Mamani family, along with other Campesinos near Palma Sola in the Argentine province of Jujuy, also say the government's land use plan, which approved the logging of 1,000 hectares in Juyjuy, is fraudulent because it was "enacted by decree of the provincial executive when it should have been made by the legislature by law."

The government also failed to hold public hearings, and did not consult local stakeholders including Campesinos and Indigenous communities in the region.


  • Pete Bollini
    January 15, 2010 at 5:48 am

    I believe thios story but I think more information and harder evidence should be included so people can understand it better and spread it more. Thank you for the report.


    • January 15, 2010 at 8:12 pm

      Yeah, I usually don't put together something so brief. Just been pressed for time lately. I'll try to get a little more info up here (or a tleast a contact) in the next couple days. Thanks.

  • January 18, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    would like you to e-mail me
    have made a small movie of how to protect your trees and make more food by building these bio-spheres of life over top of your sacred forests. Like building a giant greenhouse over top of these trees. Either you learn to live on top of them and find ways of feeding people from this type of house building or we keep losing our trees and nature to modern civilization. Homes built with live trees should be stronger than homes built with dead ones. Imagine trees being attached to the structure to lend strength and durabilty. The bigger and the more trees grow the stronger our homes will become.


  • August 30, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Thanks for the report, very interesting and I'd like to read more about it. I've been listening to stories from organic farmers here in Argentina about this problem and I'm outraged that such land eviction is happening with not a single scrap of evidence of land-owner consultation - the very subject I've been working on for the past 2 years.


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