Last Updated: 2017-12-07
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BRASILIA, Dec 7 (NNN-Prensa Latina) -- Members of the Brazilian Small Farmers Movement (MPA) completed a 24-hour fast against the reform of the pension system promoted by President Michel Temer and demanded to be attended by congressional leaders.

Frei Sergio Gorgen, Josi Costa and Leila Denise Meurer, who started the hunger strike on behalf of 300.000 peasant families yesterday, requested to be received in audience by the holders of the Federal Senate, EunÝcio Oliveira, and the Chamber of Deputies, Rodrigo Maia, said the MPA in a statement.

The strikers, he added, are aware of the challenge of depriving themselves of food, but given the permanent withdrawal of rights (undertaken by the Government of Temer) 'this is one of the actions they are willing to take to help bring down that reform.'

According to Sergio Gorgen, Frei Ga˙cho, the intention of the fast is to increase public outrage against the attempt to reform the pension system.

'A hunger strike is justified in an extreme situation, and we are in an extreme situation, because that reform is a violence against the poor, a threat of hunger for millions of people,' he said and urged 'show our outrage before let it be late. '