MST demonstration

Protest Over Brazilian Involvement

An organization for landless Brazilian rural workers has called on Sweden and Finland to stop support for a forestry company’s activities in southern Brazil.

The MST movement says the Helsinki-based Stora Enso company’s involvement has led to major human rights violations, contributing to environmental crimes and corruption. The Finnish state owns 12 percent of the company, while the main Swedish investor is the Wallenberg family group.

The head of Stora Enso’s Latin American operations says the accusations are unfounded and that the company follows all Brazilian laws. Dating back to 13th century Sweden, Stora Enso is the oldest corporation in the world.

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