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US Lawmakers Cite Quilombolas as Reason Not to Sign Space Accord With Brazil

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – An agreement between Brazil and the United States for the lease to the US of the Alcântara missile launch site, in the Northeastern region of Brazil, has been receiving criticism from both countries, with US and Brazilian lawmakers urging their respective countries not to approve the accord.

According to critics, the agreement would lead to the displacement of hundreds of Quilombolas (slave descendants) from their homes.

“I rise today in opposition to the expansion of the Alcântara Launch Center n Brazil,” said US House Representative, Hank Johnson Jr. (Dem/GA) last week on the . . .

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