Squatted Amazon gets reprieve in legal bill


SQUATTERS hoping to gain legal ownership of tracts of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest were thwarted last week by the country’s president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. At the last minute, Lula used his powers to veto parts of a controversial bill that would have allowed the land grab. The original purpose of the bill had been to grant land rights to indigenous inhabitants, but amendments as it passed through Congress would have given legal backing to a ploy by companies and landowners to acquire ownership of plots of forest by putting squatters on them. Once acquired,
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