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2,000 Brazilian women blockade
supermarket in protest

Amidst widescale protests against corporate control of the food� chain 2,000 Brazilian women blockaded a supermarket 800 miles south of Brasilia in a� protest� against genetically engineered food

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AP Worldstream March 8, 2001

International news , The Associated Press

BRASILIA, Brazil BODY: Women farmers throughout� Brazil demonstrated Thursday on International Women's Day� to protest worldwide economic policies they say are unfair.� Some 700 women members of Brazil's Landless Rural Workers� Movement occupied a McDonald's restaurant in Porto Alegre,� some 1,600 kms (1,000 miles) south of Brasilia. They burned� flags bearing the fast-food chain's logo, criticized� economic globalization and called the Brazilian government� a slave to ''world neoliberalism.'' Thursday's protest was� inspired by the anti-globalization efforts of French� activist Jose Bove a sheep farmer who shot to fame for� ransacking a McDonald's restaurant in France and was� arrested in Brazil last January after he joined the workers� movement in a massive protest. Also on Thursday, some 2,000� women blocked access to a supermarket in Florianopolis,� 1,300 kms (800 miles) south of Brasilia, claiming it sold� genetically engineered food. And in Belo Horizonte, some� 600 kms (380 miles) southeast of Brasilia, a group of women� protested in front of the local city council chambers� demanding that the government speed up agrarian reform.



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