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Brazil: Factory occupiers build their own favela01:10

Brazil: Factory occupiers build their own favela

Brazil, rio de janeiro
September 13, 2014 at 15:54 GMT +00:00 · Published

Families continued to occupy an abandoned plastic factory in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, after setting up camp there in March.

Originally 500 families occupied the Tuffy Habib factory, however the building is now home to almost 2000 families who can't afford to pay the rising rent in the nearby Morro do Alemao favela.

The families face unsanitary conditions and the threat of violence from military police who believe that the building is harbouring a criminal who killed a police officer.

On Saturday a unit of the Special Police Operations entered the factory building and destroyed some living quarters, but they did not find their suspect. Families living there are using stolen energy, with the risk of short circuits and fires. Also, accumulated rubbish provides ripe conditions for diseases to spread. Local authorities have not yet decided how to deal with the situation.

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Families continued to occupy an abandoned plastic factory in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, after setting up camp there in March.

Originally 500 families occupied the Tuffy Habib factory, however the building is now home to almost 2000 families who can't afford to pay the rising rent in the nearby Morro do Alemao favela.

The families face unsanitary conditions and the threat of violence from military police who believe that the building is harbouring a criminal who killed a police officer.

On Saturday a unit of the Special Police Operations entered the factory building and destroyed some living quarters, but they did not find their suspect. Families living there are using stolen energy, with the risk of short circuits and fires. Also, accumulated rubbish provides ripe conditions for diseases to spread. Local authorities have not yet decided how to deal with the situation.

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