Rio de Janeiro Brazil: Favelas becoming to expensive for poor, mass squatting

Posted on May 14, 2014 • Filed under: Brazil, Social Issues reported the Tufi Community occupying derelict factory is one of many forced out in trend accelerated by World Cup and Olympics. A constant stream of residents now wander into the Tufi Community Almost everyone here is from Alemão, a favela complex that has started to move upmarket since it was “pacified” by police in 2010. Rent rises are now pushing out the poor who were struggling on the fringes of the favela.

Unable to make ends meet, the first few hundred families among them moved en masse into the abandoned factory in March, rapidly followed by more than a thousand more. The first arrivals are the lucky ones – with a leaky roof over their heads and four shared toilets. The latecomers have to make do with a steep slope behind the building, which floods with mud during rainstorms. Read Article

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