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Stora Enso’s Brazilian Plantation Temporarily Invaded
Helsinki, Finland, 05 March 2008 -- On Tuesday morning, 04 March, Stora Enso’s plantation in the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul was invaded by around 800 protesters, most of whom were women. According to the invaders, the occupation was part of a series of actions planned against the agricultural sector within the days leading up to International Women’s Day. The invasion ended in the afternoon of the same day.

The protesters accused Stora Enso of operating illegally in the region, claiming that Brazilian law forbids foreign companies from owning land within 150 kilometers of the country's borders.

Stora Enso has been purchasing lands in the border zone of Brazil. According to Brazilian law, this land may be purchased and owned by foreign companies, but there is a specific approval process for foreign entities. Until this approval procedure is completed and to protect Stora Enso's land acquisitions, a Brazilian-owned company, Azenglever Agropecuária Ltd was formed to hold the land until proper authorization is given. The company is registered to the company register in Brazil. All the relevant authorities were informed about this temporary arrangement.

Stora Enso made the court aware of the invasion and requested the competent authorities to take legal actions to remove the invaders in a peaceful way.


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