São Paulo police, protesters clash after forced eviction of 200 families
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São Paulo police, protesters clash after forced eviction of 200 families

Police and housing activists in Brazil’s biggest city are engaging in violent clashes after authorities evicted about 200 families from a building.

Protesters have set at least one bus ablaze while police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades in an effort to disperse the crowd.

Live television images on Tuesday showed some young men wearing gas masks and vandalizing some nearby businesses, while others used homemade wooden shields to ward off rubber bullets.

Police and members of the so-called “roofless” movement have clashed often in recent months. The movement organizes poor families to move into abandoned buildings, often in central São Paulo.

Movement organizers have called on officials to provide more low-income housing in São Paulo and other Brazilian cities.

Associated Press