On June 25, some 5,000 campesinos set out from 11 different areas of Argentina on a “national march for rural development.” The mobilization culminated with a rally in the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires on June 28, where the campesinos demanded that the government of Nestor Kirchner support their struggle against what Argentine Agrarian Federation (FAA) leader Eduardo Buzzi called “faceless agriculture”—the control of vast farming and ranching resources by a few wealthy companies and individuals. Police said fewer than 2,000 people participated in the closing rally. (Adital, June 26; Prensa Latina, June 28; Clarin, June 29)
From Weekly News Update on the Americas, July 1
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