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article imageBrazilian police facing growing criticism at slum clearance

By Kev Hedges     Jan 25, 2012 in World
Police have been moving in to clear a slum in Sao Paulo state where 6,000 people live. Since Sunday the operation to clear the slum has met with some opposition.
Many of the slum dwellers have dug their heels in and responded against the operation to retake the land and claim it back for the owners. Amnesty in Brazil has said the events, at the Pinheirinho settlement, are part of an unfortunate pattern in Brazil and has urged the police to stop "this act of war".
Amnesty director, Atila Roque said:
As the country booms, tens of thousands of poor families are being removed to make way for infrastructure and private development projects, without receiving adequate protection and alternative housing
Brazil's landless movement (MST) are outraged at the police action and have condemned its operations as an "act of war". Criticism even seems to herald right from the highest echelons of Brazilian government, Gilberto Carvalho, a senior government official, described the scenes as "a battlefield", reports the BBC
Now Carvalho's comment has angered the Sao Paulo state government who see it as an "intrusion by the federal government". Police have used more than 2,000 personnel to clear the slum, reports the International Business Times.
The Pinheirinho squatter camp was started when a land seizure in 2002 and had developed into a settled neighbourhood, complete with shops and churches. Sao Paulo police said clashes broke out after they cleared furniture and other belongings from the slum. The police have marked and labelled the items so they can be reunited with their owners at a later date.
Photographs of the slum removal operation can be seen here.
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