Daily Archives: 6 May 2014

Anadolu Agency

ITAQUERA, SÃO PAULO – Around 2,500 families associated to the Homeless Workers’ Movement (MTST) are occupying land near São Paulo’s World Cup stadium, a representative at the site told the Anadolu Agency on Tuesday.

A group of young families, some with babies and small children, took over the private land on Saturday and began setting up basic accommodation; numbers have continued to grow ever since.

UPDATE (9 May): A local court gave families 48 hours to leave the site on Wednesday evening, but the MTST appealed and said it would respond to forced eviction ‘with organised resistance’. The eviction order has since been suspended until 23 May pending review.

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A Brazilian Operating in This Area

This is the second Brazil Podcast, an effort of independent journalists and producers in Brazil. In this edition, our producer is Sam Cowie, who is based in Rio. Guests are filmmaker Leonardo Macário, also in Rio, and journalist Ben Tavener, in São Paulo. I am host Maurício Savarese, in São Paulo as well.

Our topics this week are:

Rio Olympic preparations slammed by members of the IOC.
Welfare program Bolsa Família is raised months before the elections.
São Paulo hosts one of the world’s biggest LGBT parades.

We hope to be on iTunes pretty soon. If you are an independent journalist in Brazil and wish to participate in the following editions, please, write to podcastbrazil@gmail.com.

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