The sign reads, "Plantations of Eucalyptus are not Forests." (Photo: Orin Langelle)

The sign reads, “Plantations of Eucalyptus are not Forests.” (Photo: Orin Langelle)

“Plantations of Eucalyptus are not Forests” proclaims the sign at the entrance of the MST (Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra – Landless Workers Movement) encampment.  The MST here took over portion of a plantation owned by timber company Aracruz Cellulose, removed the non-native trees and erected their camp, complete with a well, community space and an elaborate system on non-hierarchical decision making.  The camp was named Galdino dos Santos, for an indigenous chief who was murdered two years earlier in a racist attack.  (Brazil 2005)

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