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Protests close port in Brazil

Protests close port in Brazil

A group of Indians that occupied a specialty port for paper and pulp companies 500 miles northeast of Sao Paulo, Brazil have closed the port and created counter protests by some 2,000 workers, according to a report in the Miami Herald.

   Some 150 Tupinquim and Guarani Indians and supporters from the Landless Rural Workers Movement occupied the port on Tuesday, leading to counter protests on Wednesday. The report said the Indian group was protesting delays in a government plan to grant the Indians 27,181 acres of land that once belonged to their ancestors.

   The company Aracruz Cellulose said in a statement it had been unsuccessful in efforts to persuade the Indian group to leave. That led to the counter protests by workers from paper and pulp companies.

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