Fighting latifundio: expropiation of the land
This photo shows one of the areas that Hugo Chavez "recovered" land for the nation.
Para los que hablan español, simplemente vean el video.
The presindent of Venezuela annouced the law to expropiate acres and acres of farms that belongs to wealhty Venezuelans with the premise that it may not belong to them, they may not have proper documentation. The land they have is a consequence of stealing it with violence from the poor in the past.
The following is a translation of most of the information provided by the president in program aired last month on national TV.
They have a farm just to come on the weekend, for vacations. They celebrate with whiskey, rum, and fiesta... that has to end...
If you wanna work the land, go and work it... it is not to show off, to say, "I have a farm", I have a great truck"... no, no, the land must be worked... the land belongs to that one whom works on it.
The land is not private, is it properly of the nation...just like the oil... if I find oil in that house, it belongs to the Nation. It is not yours.
Everything got worse with time. Those days I used to tell them; that land does not belong to you... do you have documents?
Most of these lands, these big properties are product of the dispossession, the violence against the peasants, against the Indians, against the poor.
That is why the REVOLUTION is here. To end all that.
THERE IS NO PRIVATE LAND
There may be those who make that land productive. If you don't make it productive, you loose the right to be in it.
That is why I am going to announce the law.
We are going to recover NOW all these lands.
Let me announce it right now. Fighting latifundio. Right here in Barinas State.
We are about to recover them. Everyday we are going to recover land. Right after I give the order, once I sign it with my red pen...
and then he goes on with the list of acres and acres of land that belongs to a group of wealthy people...expropriated!