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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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