© Petrobras Petrobras confirms occupation and says it is taking measures for reintegration
Petrobras (SA 🙂 confirmed on Sunday, 2, that it owns a plot of land occupied by vulnerable families with the support of oil unions since Saturday, May 1, in Itaguaí, in the metropolitan region of Rio de Janeiro. In a statement, the company said it was taking steps to reintegrate the site.
“Petrobras confirms that the land belongs to the company and that it is adopting the appropriate measures for the reintegration of the area”, replied the oil company, in a note.
About 300 people occupied part of the company’s land with the support of the Single Federation of Oilmen (FUP) and the Union of Oilmen of the North Fluminense (Sindipetro-NF).
In a note distributed to the press, the FUP said that more than 1,200 people are expected in space during this week, in a movement called “Refugee Camp First of May”.
The occupation would be a protest against homelessness, food and vaccines against covid-19, but also against the fuel price policy adopted by Petrobras, on par with import prices.
“For this reason, the movement chose the idle land of the oil company, which would be used to install the Petrochemical Complex and the Itaguaí Processing and Export Zone, which never occurred,” says the FUP note.
The camp already has tents to house families and an improvised kitchen. Sindipetro-NF has been providing drinking water, face masks and gel alcohol to protesters.
Union members argue that the land belongs to Petrobras and, therefore, to the Union.
The mobilization would aim to “draw society’s attention to the importance of Petrobras in Brazil’s economic and social development”, says Alessandro Trindade, director of Sindipetro-NF, in a note, adding that the current fuel readjustment policy has penalized families poorest, who already need to replace cooking gas with firewood and alcohol.
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