Sur del Lago: Peasant Victory in El Carmen Estate

https://i0.wp.com/www.crbz.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/IMG_20180425_155432_055.jpgThe peasant community of El Carmen is celebrating this Sunday, May 19. The reason is the delivery by the National Land Institute of the long-awaited agrarian charter, which establishes collective ownership and the right to remain in the 820 hectares of the farm.

The rescue of these lands is the first to be generated in what is known as the Pan-American axis, in the southern part of the lake, on the border of the states of Merida and Zulia. There are about 10 properties that hope to follow the same route as El Carmen.

Fight to produce

On July 2, 2016, the peasants made the decision to enter the unproductive lands, belonging at that time to Ramón Meza. This rancher is accused by the peasant community of being one of the financiers of the guarimbas in the area and in Caracas.

Once inside the lands they advanced in organization and production. Five peasant councils were formed, coordination between them was strengthened, and a very clear message was put forward: “We have to produce, the more we sow the closer we are to winning”.

In order to carry out production, the peasants face two major problems: water and attacks by the former owners. The water coming from the rains leaves the plots flooded, in many cases losing months of work. The need for machinery and mechanization of the river is urgent, say the members of the peasant council “Our Land”.

The peasant community of El Carmen is celebrating this Sunday, May 19. The reason is the handing over by the National Land Institute of the long-awaited agrarian charter, which establishes collective ownership and the right to remain in the 820 hectares of the farm.

Prensa Corriente Revolucionaria Bolívar y Zamora

Translation by Internationalist 360°