Brazil: FIFA Forces Evictions For World Cup, Police Brutality Rages

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A dozen houses in the Mangueira slums of Rio de Janeiro have been demolished, and residents have been removed at gun point by the government of Brazil in order to build a parking lot for the upcoming World Cup.

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Rio de Janeiro (Brazil): Call for international solidarity with the Aldeia Maracanã

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

On March 22, 2013 at 03:00, the police surrounded the old Indiginous museum, renamed by the indians Aldeia Maracanã (Maracanã Village), which is adjacent to the Maracanã Stadium, which will host the 2014 World Cup.

Occupied 6 years ago by various indigenous ethnic groups and their families, the occupation of the building was intendeded to build a center of indigenous culture controlled by Indians themselves, and also planned to create a Indigenous Popular University, as well as serving as housing for Indians passing through the city. [Read More]

Brazil: The rise and rise of the landless movement

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The landless: no longer to be ignored.

At first sight it looks like a festival. The makeshift tents hung with colourful hammocks, the rousing Brazilian beats blaring from speakers, even the portaloos – like a mini Glastonbury sprung up in a small town in the Brazilian Amazon. There are stalls selling cold drinks, food on paper plates, even handmade jewellery. The details give it away though. Children run laughing, but the adults look old, tired, tense. Some have brought battered electric cookers with them, powering them with home-made generators.
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Goiania, Brasil: Violent eviction on february 16th

VIOLENT EVICTION IN GOIANIA, BRAZIL

A large military policy operation with 2,500 men has started this morning (February 16, 2005) for the eviction of the land occupation Sonho Real (Real Dream) in the city of Goiânia, Brazil. Two people got killed, over 800 people got arrested and several people are wounded (five were very seriously wounded). Among the arrested, two Indymedia volunteers, one from Goiânia and one from Indymedia New York.

The occupation started in may 2004 in an area which has been abandoned for years and quickly gathered 3,000 families. In January, Justice ordered the eviction of the families and since then police have been terrifying the families with death threats and sudden attacks. In February 11, police showed up suddenly and shot gas and concussion bombs and fired rubber bullets against the people. One child got hit by a concussion bomb. On February 15, in another attack, police shot bombs and fired with guns. Two people got hurt. After pressure from social movements and human rights groups, state of Goiás Governor Marconi Perillo committed himself not to send police to evict people in a violent way (you can hear his commitment in this recorded audio < http://www.midiaindependente.org/pt/blue/2005/02/307719.shtml>). Today’s attack and the so far confirmed death of two people showed he did not stick to his words.

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Brazil: update about the 2 thousand families from Osasco

 

  Brazil: update bout the 2thousand families from Osasco

 


City Hall from Guarulhos (PT) block the homeless from get their land

The two thousand families from MTST in Osasco was first deceived by the State Government that had promised a slow and pacific removal but it promoted a violent and hasty eviction. Then they had been forbidden by the Municipal Government of Guarulhos (PT) to enter in the land that the State had assigned to them.

On friday, december 6h, the 2.000 homeless families evicted from a land in Osasco fought to get for themselves a piece of land from CDHU-Companhia de Desenvolvimento Habitacional e Urbano do estado de São Paulo (Company of housing and urban development from the state of são paulo), in Guarulhos.

When the first of more then a hungreded trucks that was used to take the families from Osasco to Guarulhos arrived at the land, they were forbidden from get in by the municipal guard. An order from the mayor Elói Pietá (PT-workers party) demand that the families would be forbidden from get inside the land. The municipal guard dig a trench to block the trucks from get inside.

While this was happenning, the homeless had to wait at the road, under the rain. Among others reasons, Pietá alleged that the city hall was not communicated of the change of the people to that area (which is from the state and not from the city) and that the city is broke and has no structure to absorb more citizens.

The State Justice secretary was called to convince the mayor to let the families take the land. Only when the secretary threatened to use the shock troop against the municipal guard Pietá allowed the entrance of the families in the area. As the impasse lasted hours, many families had their belongs ruined by the rain.

The CDHU land it does not possess light, sewer, or water (except a pipe). The families need donations, specially food. People who has intresting in help or to get more information bout the homeless should get in touch with Alex at: city code 11 #95682365.

toya [at] riseup [dot] net

 


Brazil: Two thousand families were evicted in Osasco

 

  Brazil: Two thousand families were evicted in Osasco

 


About two a thousand families who squatted a land in Osasco (near the city of São Paulo) had been evicted this thursday, December 5th. The land, of fifty hectares, was used as rubbish deposit and clandestine cemetary and it is located in a noble region of the city, to the side of a golf field. After months of negotiation, the coordination of the homeless and the government of the state of São Paulo had agreed with a pacific withdrawal, with the removal of the squatters to a land that belongs to the state located in the city of Guarulhos (also near São Paulo). In the last thursday during the morning, the homeless complained of the absence of trucks and buses that would carried them to the land. Tractors had passed over their houses (that they builded in the squatted land) before belongings of the inhabitants could be removed (photos: http://www.midiaindependente.org/front.php3?article_id=42972&group=webcast).

It had much indignation on the part of the squatters. Employees from the city hall seemed to have enjoy themselves with the destruction of the houses.

See copy of the deal made with the city hall, the governor, the secretary of justice and the homeless workers movement : http://www.midiaindependente.org/front.php3?article_id=42982&group=webcast

Chronology

December 5th:
Two thousand families from the Carlos Lamarca Squat in Osasco, were evicted. The Riot Police is at the place that looks more like a war field.

2 to 4 of December:
On monday, December second, the homeless from the squat did a march to the Palace of the Bandeirantes (Palácio dos Bandeirantes – where is the govennor office). A thousand people join the march. The homeless had obtained a hearing and had been informed that the negotiation was over and the eviction would happen on the next thursday. They are camped infront of the seat of government of São Paulo in a protest. On tuesday, 3th, a march with more than 200 homeless went to the Palace of the Bandeirantes to join the homeless camp.

Send a message as a protest to the goverment of the state:
saopaulo [at] sp [dot] gov [dot] br (see the model : http://www.midiaindependente.org/front.php3?article_id=42803&group=webcast)

toya [at] riseup [dot] net

 


Brazil, HOMELESS SQUAT LAND IN OSASCO

 

  Brazil, HOMELESS SQUAT LAND IN OSASCO

 


Around 400 families squatted, in the early morning of 27th July, a plot of land near the neighbourhood of Cidade de Deus in Osasco, Sao Paulo. The number of families has already increased to 4000 in barely a week of occupation. The land, encompassing around 600.000 m2, was be being used to dismantle stolen cars and to bury the bodies of murdered people, several piles of bones have been found in the area, and as an unauthorised rubbish dump.

According to the information we have, the land is owned by Count Rafael Leonartti, a member of the Matarazzo family, that has presented a claim in the Osasco courts, through the Grama Company Gram, alleging that already there was a project to divide the land up into lots.

According to local inhabitants, the plot was abandoned for more than fifty years, being a hindrance for the local population, that feared the violence attracted to the area the land that was the scene of several crimes. The squat was organised by the Movimento de Luta Popular (MLP – Movement of Grassroots Struggle), by Resistência Popular (RP-SP – People’s Resistance) and by the Movimento dos Trabalhadores Sem-Teto (MTST – Homeless Workers Movement). These organisations count on the support of several regional workers’ organisations. The squat already has a communal kitchen, a collective chemist’s, a registry office, as well as several commissions that work together organising families.

Despite the several threats of eviction by the Military Police, the homeless are resisting and fighting for their right for housing. Each day is a battle towards victory. The squat now has a name: Camp Carlos Lamarca! However, thousands of families need sustenance, clothes, medicines, etc. To that end we request donations on the part of everybody that can help. Donations can be given to the person who has given you this pamphlet, or by contacting Resistência Popular-SP at rp-sp [at] bol [dot] com [dot] br.

Camp CARLOS LAMARCA “Porque ao povo, só lhe resta, ousar lutar, ousar vencer” (All that is left to the people is to dare to fight, to dare to win)

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Squat opened (and left again) by anarchists an porto allegre

 

  Suqat opened (and left again) by anarchists an porto allegre

 


Demanding affordable housing and real action to address issues of homelessness and substandard housing in Brazil a group of anarchists broke off of the official world social forum march and squatted a three story house. The squat was organized by a coalition of Brazilian anarchist groups who wanted to show that Porto Alegre isn’t the social democratic paradise that the Workers Party (PT) makes it out to be.

The activists created inner tube shields and where encouraged by a radical drum ensemble which was a collaboration between musicians from the Infernal Noise Brigade in Seattle and Brazilian anarcho-drummers. Once the anarchist march split off of the official government sponsored protest they had no problem reaching the squat and breaking the door open. Inside the building activists found a wreck. The stairs had major portions missing and the floor threatened to give way. While the thousands of police in town for the ‘anarchist terror’ raced over to surround the block in their riot gear the activists hauled out scrap and built barricades in the street.

In Brazil a squatter needs to hold a building for 48 hours before the police are forced to go through the courts to evict. The squatters were had arranged to bring Naomi Klein and Michael Albert to give talks on globalization and participatory economics in the squat to hold the police back until after the critical 48 hours had past. Housing and access to land is a huge issue in Brazil. The Landless Peasants Movement, MST, has been squatting land and creating agricultural cooperatives for over 15 years. In that time they have reclaimed land and housing for over 2 million Brazilians. After the 48 hours the anarchist squatters were planning on turning the house over to a urban housing and unemployed group.

Unfortunately when they actually looked inside the building they found it to be in pretty bad shape. The second floor threatened to collapse in places and there was a four foot square section of the stairs missing. When faced with an overwhelming police force and a building that wasn’t safe the squatters that the activists organized a quick meeting of the squatting affinity group and they decided to avoid a confrontation of defending a building they couldn’t turn in to usable housing.

The action finished peacefully in a park where a general assembly was held to discuss the action and what future steps could be taken. In the protest there were anarchists from around the world including Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Peru, USA, Italy, Belgium, UK, Germany, and the former Yugoslavias among others.

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Update about the squat in Brasil (Anita Garibaldi)

 

  update about the squat in Brasil (Anita Garibaldi)

 


At the last monday, 08/20/01, the ROTA(police from Sao Paulo)raided the occupation Anita Garibaldi, in Guarulhos, at an operacion clearely ilegal: the police officers didn’t had any indentification and the number from the police cars was hided. At the time when the raid happen is also ilegal (the police in Brasil can not do a raid during the night). Totally equiped with guns, they beat up the squaters, and arrested one of them, saying that they had a mandate to arrest him – which was a lie. The people from the MTST(homeless workers moviment) that was infured has already press charges against the police, the lawyer from the MTST was able to release the person who was arrested and the OAB(The brazilian lawyers association)will open a process to investigate this police action. But the police had said they will come back.

NOTE: Anita Garibaldi Has been more than one month of resistance from one of the biggest occupation in South America. A land of 1.139.000 m2 in the city of Guarulhos, SP, Brazil, was occupied by more than 9.000 families(and 1.500 who still waiting to have a spot at the camp). The name of the camp is Anita Garibaldi and was made by the MTST(Movement of Homeless Workers) with the support of the MST(The Landless Movement). At the 4th day of occupation the owner asked a legal petition to get the land back, the homeless are following the process with the help of voluntaries lawyers from the section of Human Rights at the OAB(The Brazilian Lawyers Organization). For 50 years the land was used for a sugar-cane plantation. Then Mr. Claudio Malva Valente bought it and never used the land again. The result was that the place became a spot for rape, murder, drugs etc. One of the people who helped organized the occupation, Joao Santana, said that it was planned in four months. During the first month of occupation they did two demonstrations, one at May 28th, when they made a march from the camp to the Center City passing by a construction where the government are building a new prison. The second one was on June 17th inside of the camp with the support of people from another cities, unions and some political parties. He also explained the way they organize themselves inside of the camp. To be part of the camp you have to get on a list where the families will be called, the priority is for those who where evict or other cases where the person doesn’t have any other condition of living. This list also avoid those people who show up, set up a tend and then they come back to their houses to wait for the legal process, people who already owned their houses and want to take advanced of the occupation. The camp was divided in 300 groups, with 39 families which. All tends has the number of the group and the individual number as well. Every group has a general coordinator person, and 4 different sections that helps to organize the group. One of the goals, said Joao Santana, is to keep everybody active so they can fell part of the struggle as well. Every group has a collective kitchen and bathroom, but there is also the community pharmacy and kitchen, where all the donations goes first and later distributed to the groups, giving priority to the ones who needs the most.. The people who is responsible for the health section gets from the group information about what the group needs and passes it to the community pharmacy and kitchen, who will give to them what they need. The people who is responsible for the section of infrastructure works with the construction of the tends, bathroom and kitchen, and also does collectives works when is necessary. The section of security is represented by the people who takes care of the security of the group ­ and of the collective- and also helps with the rotation in front of the entrance of the camp. The secretary section is responsible for taking notes at the meetings and pass the information to the rest of the group. There is also the people who takes care of the trash, and a spot for it. They have open meetings where they discuss issues about the occupation and also make important announcements. In the middle of the camp some sheds were build for meetings and exchange of information and also to discuss new project. As the Hidroponia Project, maybe the most important one, which is a type of urban agriculture. The intention is to make a community where all the basic necessities from the people will be supplied, housing, work and food. Most of the children from the camp goes to publics schools from the neighborhood. One day more then 1.300 children at the age of 0 to 5 were vaccinate by the Secretary of Health from the city who showed up at the camp after a calling made by the homeless. Even knowing all this wonderful job that they are doing at the camp, they still need a lot of support. They food, water, medicine, clothes, wood, plastic etc. Any kind of support is more than welcome. Please if you want to help get in touch with IMC-Brasil and Resistencia Popular, two of the many groups who are helping the occupation: IMC-Brasil: toya [at] indymedia [dot] org Resistencia Popular-SP: rp-sp [at] bol [dot] com [dot] br

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Giant landsquat in Brasil

 

  Giant landsquat in Brasil

 


Anita Garibaldi

Has been more than one month of resistance from one of the biggest occupation in South America. A land of 1.139.000 m2 in the city of Guarulhos, SP, Brazil, was occupied by more than 9.000 families(and 1.500 who still waiting to have a spot at the camp). The name of the camp is Anita Garibaldi and was made by the MTST(Movement of Homeless Workers) with the support of the MST(The Landless Movement). At the 4th day of occupation the owner asked a legal petition to get the land back, the homeless are following the process with the help of voluntaries lawyers from the section of Human Rights at the OAB(The Brazilian Lawyers Organization). For 50 years the land was used for a sugar-cane plantation. Then Mr. Claudio Malva Valente bought it and never used the land again. The result was that the place became a spot for rape, murder, drugs etc. One of the people who helped organized the occupation, Joao Santana, said that it was planned in four months. During the first month of occupation they did two demonstrations, one at May 28th, when they made a march from the camp to the Center City passing by a construction where the government are building a new prison. The second one was on June 17th inside of the camp with the support of people from another cities, unions and some political parties. He also explained the way they organize themselves inside of the camp. To be part of the camp you have to get on a list where the families will be called, the priority is for those who where evict or other cases where the person doesn’t have any other condition of living. This list also avoid those people who show up, set up a tend and then they come back to their houses to wait for the legal process, people who already owned their houses and want to take advanced of the occupation. The camp was divided in 300 groups, with 39 families which. All tends has the number of the group and the individual number as well. Every group has a general coordinator person, and 4 different sections that helps to organize the group. One of the goals, said Joao Santana, is to keep everybody active so they can fell part of the struggle as well. Every group has a collective kitchen and bathroom, but there is also the community pharmacy and kitchen, where all the donations goes first and later distributed to the groups, giving priority to the ones who needs the most.. The people who is responsible for the health section gets from the group information about what the group needs and passes it to the community pharmacy and kitchen, who will give to them what they need. The people who is responsible for the section of infrastructure works with the construction of the tends, bathroom and kitchen, and also does collectives works when is necessary. The section of security is represented by the people who takes care of the security of the group – and of the collective- and also helps with the rotation in front of the entrance of the camp. The secretary section is responsible for taking notes at the meetings and pass the information to the rest of the group. There is also the people who takes care of the trash, and a spot for it. They have open meetings where they discuss issues about the occupation and also make important announcements. In the middle of the camp some sheds were build for meetings and exchange of information and also to discuss new project. As the Hidroponia Project, maybe the most important one, which is a type of urban agriculture. The intention is to make a community where all the basic necessities from the people will be supplied, housing, work and food. Most of the children from the camp goes to publics schools from the neighborhood. One day more then 1.300 children at the age of 0 to 5 were vaccinate by the Secretary of Health from the city who showed up at the camp after a calling made by the homeless. Even knowing all this wonderful job that they are doing at the camp, they still need a lot of support. They food, water, medicine, clothes, wood, plastic etc. Any kind of support is more than welcome. Please if you want to help get in touch with IMC-Brasil and Resistencia Popular, two of the many groups who are helping the occupation: IMC-Brasil: toya [at] indymedia [dot] org Resistencia Popular-SP: rp-sp [at] bol [dot] com [dot] br

 

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