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Brazil: Thousands march in Sao Paulo demanding extension of COVID-19 eviction ban law02:52

Brazil: Thousands march in Sao Paulo demanding extension of COVID-19 eviction ban law

Brazil, Sao Paulo
October 27, 2022 at 12:06 GMT +00:00 · Published

Thousands of protesters marched through the streets of Sao Paulo on Wednesday to demand a six-month extension to the county’s COVID-era law that places a ban forced evictions.

The demonstrators claim that the number of homeless people in Brazil has doubled since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. They say the government is not doing enough to help the country’s most vulnerable in a time of need.

“The housing situation in Brazil is an emergency crisis, if before there were 500,000 people threatened with eviction, this number has now reached almost one million, said one protester. “If we do not stop the wave of evictions that are ahead, we will see a social catastrophe that will further worsen the living conditions of the poorest.”

“The pandemic and the disaster of governments, especially the federal government, left a legacy of a pandemic not only of health but a pandemic of misery, unemployment, inflation, which means that many families today have nowhere to go,” added a second protester.

The protest was organised by the ‘Zero Eviction Campaign’, a coalition of activist groups including the Homeless Workers’ Movement (MTST), the Union of Housing Movements (UMM), and the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST) among others.

Similar protests are planned to take place this Thursday, with the Zero Eviction Campaign set to take to the streets in Rio de Janeiro and Vitoria.

Brazil: Thousands march in Sao Paulo demanding extension of COVID-19 eviction ban law02:52
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Thousands of protesters marched through the streets of Sao Paulo on Wednesday to demand a six-month extension to the county’s COVID-era law that places a ban forced evictions.

The demonstrators claim that the number of homeless people in Brazil has doubled since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. They say the government is not doing enough to help the country’s most vulnerable in a time of need.

“The housing situation in Brazil is an emergency crisis, if before there were 500,000 people threatened with eviction, this number has now reached almost one million, said one protester. “If we do not stop the wave of evictions that are ahead, we will see a social catastrophe that will further worsen the living conditions of the poorest.”

“The pandemic and the disaster of governments, especially the federal government, left a legacy of a pandemic not only of health but a pandemic of misery, unemployment, inflation, which means that many families today have nowhere to go,” added a second protester.

The protest was organised by the ‘Zero Eviction Campaign’, a coalition of activist groups including the Homeless Workers’ Movement (MTST), the Union of Housing Movements (UMM), and the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST) among others.

Similar protests are planned to take place this Thursday, with the Zero Eviction Campaign set to take to the streets in Rio de Janeiro and Vitoria.