At 4 pm on December 8, a paramilitary group that serves the interests of the plant “Utinga Leão”, located between the cities of Rio Largo and Messias (in the state of Alagoas, northeastern Brazil), invaded a camp organized by the Poor Peasants League (LCP).
The paramilitaries terrorized the peasants and shouted out the names of peasant leaders in that region. When they found an important peasant leader, Elias Francisco Santos da Silva, they shot him with several shots of heavy weapons, which experts identified as exclusively used by the Armed Forces. A bullet fragment was found that is used in rifles of the Brazilian Armed Forces.
The peasant Elias was a simple man from a humble family, had common habits and worked with great dignity. He was the coordinator for almost a year of the area known as “Lageiro” in the city of Messias. He didn’t believe in false promises. Due to this he approached the Poor Peasants League, a serious organization which Elias was proud to belong to and defend. He was married, the father of six children, and lived and worked along with his family and many others camped in that area. Continue reading