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Homeless occupy vacant building protesting evictions in Brazil

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A resident looks outside from a peephole at the entrance of an ilegally occupied building before being evicted in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil, Feb. 9.

Forced evictions in Sao Paulo, Brazil have left hundreds of families homeless as organizations such as the Frente de Luta por Moradia (Struggle for Housing Front), FLM,  have begun to stage occupations of abandoned buildings to draw attention to the housing situations in the city.

According to FLM, most of the families that occupied these downtown buildings have been evicted from their homes by authorities and have no suitable shelter.

Amnesty International has called on the Brazilian authorities to address the needs of some 1,600 families made homeless by recent evictions in a settlement in Sao Paulo.

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Squatters watch from an ilegally occupied building before being evicted, in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil, Feb. 9.

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A pregnant woman is carried out from an occupied building during a meeting with city authorities before being evicted in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Feb. 9.

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Some people from the 230 families evicted from an ilegally occupied building eight days ago, stay in makeshift tents on the sidewalk in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Feb. 9.

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A homeless young man sleeps on the sidewalk in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil, Feb. 9.