Worth more than a thousand words …


An indigenous woman holds her child while trying to resist the advance of Amazonas state policemen who were expelling the woman and some 200 other members of the Landless Movement from a privately-owned tract of land on the outskirts of Manaus, in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon March 11, 2008. The landless peasants tried in vain to resist the eviction with bows and arrows against police using tear gas and trained dogs. — [REUTERS/Luiz Vasconcelos-A Critica/AE].

In ‘What makes a great picture?’ David Viggers of Reuters writes:

Images of heavy-handed oppression really don’t come much better than this – defenceless, screaming woman clutching naked child is shoved and beaten by faceless, armoured authority.”

One thought on “Worth more than a thousand words …”

  1. The ‘Landless Movement’ (‘Movimento Sem-Terra’ in Portuguese) is really just a pawn of the corrupt so-called socialist/communist politicians to inspire contempt for the law in Brazil. Albeit the state in Brazil deserves some contempt, part of the problem is a blatant disrespect for the law, which a lot of the times is more of a joke than something to be proud of… most of the times, no one impedes the Sem-Terras from taking over any farm they wish to and basically running it into the ground before they move on to the next with the full support of the socialist politicians who put the peoples’ money directly into their pockets without any shame. Sorry, there’s to many things wrong in Brazil, but really, this woman’s “ideology” is one of them. The Brazilian police might not do much right, but in this case, this picture does not suggest violence, and any show of justice, even if it is in riot gear, is a small victory. Not that it’ll change things.

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