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Squatters' massive tent village near World Cup stadium may have worked



Near 5,0000 families, up from hundreds seemingly overnight, have pitched tents and lean-tos near World Cup stadium, according to a CNN original report.

The squatters, who say they were priced out of the rental market in Sao Paulo, Brazil -- and that their rents nearly doubled when the stadium was built -- were hoping to use the high-traction sporting event to pressure the government to pay attention to needs of low-income families, specifically by providing low-income housing.

According to AP, the families have been 'braving insects, little food and a lack of privacy,' though it looks like it may have been worth it, according to CNN:

All the pressure appears to have paid off.

The government said this week that it is drawing up plans to build low-income housing on the land occupied by the People's Cup and that details of the project will be made public this month.

But the families at the tent city say they're ready to march on the Sao Paulo stadium at a moment's notice if those guarantees fall through.

According to Fortune.com, 'each family's tent is reserving a space representative of the land where they hope to build their permanent homes.'

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Shelly June 11 2014 at 5:00 AM

Is it 5,000 or 50,000 families? (It's written 5,0000)

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ML Shelly June 11 2014 at 9:18 AM

common core

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evnsaffl Shelly June 11 2014 at 4:12 PM

Thanks for saving me a comment -- I was also wondering about the zeros!

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dal June 11 2014 at 5:32 AM

Betting the new government plan involves bulldozers alright, to level the shanty town. Citizens Beware !

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buckeye3118 June 11 2014 at 6:17 AM

Third-world sport, third-world country.

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thescot June 11 2014 at 6:21 AM

For a minute there it looked like the squatter's tent city in Lakewood, N.J. except it is neater than Lakewood's.

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frozenbull thescot June 11 2014 at 4:50 PM

Lakewood is a disgrace

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Gary frozenbull June 11 2014 at 8:10 PM

the question is why does it have to exist.......

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markagan June 11 2014 at 10:15 AM

The organizers of this event have no moral compass at all. Neither does the Olympic committee. Why can there not be a moral standard, basic rules that say we will not hold this event in a nation that commits various specific abuses of its own citizens. Nations that are corrupted dictatorships or corrupted "democracies" where the people really have no civil rights, work as slave laborers for the rich and where the majority of the population lives in poverty due to corruption and the threat of violence. Countries that employee secret police forces such as the Nazi Gestapo was used in WWII to silence any dissidents. Countries where any attempt to improve civil rights or democracy is met with gunfire from the current administration, countries such as Mexico, Russia, Brazil, N. Korea, Syria China and dozens more should never be considered for these events. To reward the murderers and thieves, running these countries with a world stage is a travesty, a true insult to the rest of mankind.

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Deb June 11 2014 at 6:57 AM

The gov't's response is singularly because the world is watching. I reserve comment until the events are over. Then we will see who is left standing. My aunt was a missionary there for 28 years. I know second-hand what they will do to these peeps once the spotlight is out.

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amiracleonelmst June 11 2014 at 6:30 AM

I have family in Rio Grande do Sol, Brazil....I am amazed they haven't been secretly shot off in spurt by the police. They do that to orphans in the southern part of Brazil so they won't be a nuisance to society. It's a very sad world we live in. I hope they get what they deserve. That govt. is already corrupt, and if they don't follow-up...that is enuff proof. May G-d bless all of those people.

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brianlevin amiracleonelmst June 11 2014 at 12:27 PM

Moron! Read! Educate yourself. Its free and liberating.

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frisco9312 brianlevin June 11 2014 at 12:53 PM

now that your a liberated person does that make you a liberal?

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bluezwmn brianlevin June 12 2014 at 2:15 AM

Really? "Its" free and liberating? Moron! Read! Educate yourself! It's free and liberating. How harsh you are over a simple error. I'll bet you beat your wife and kids over less.

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ian47pegasus June 11 2014 at 7:18 AM

Twas ever thus, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. The poor of the world don't need or want insufisiant charity or afordable houses, what they need is a liverble income and a fair shake at the pot. If coruption, corperate greed and private greed of the extreemly wealthy were MADE to give their fair share to scociety there would be enough for all and the middle classes would not need to worry as even there income would increase. This new world order SUCKS ! More than 50% of the worlds population struggle for survival every day 35% have just enough to get by 10% don't make it atall, and less than 5% OWN EVERYTHING and even THAT is not eqauly devided ! Less than 2 % are ALIVE, truely alive, the rest of us are aloud to survive if we are lucky that is !

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vendelavee ian47pegasus June 11 2014 at 8:04 AM

And slavery is still going strong in the world today. Just read a story about Slavery in the Thai shrimp fishing industry. There is still plenty of slavery going on in the Middle East countries and Africa.

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Richard ian47pegasus June 11 2014 at 10:06 AM

So who supports the suffering could it possibly be the corrupt government. look to the US in Obamas govt we are closely approaching the same fate

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queencelt Richard June 11 2014 at 12:23 PM

It's the corrupt Republicans in Congress who are causing the downfall of the U.S. - not Obama.

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bambi46 Richard June 11 2014 at 7:05 PM

Queen, Oh no ! I want go there ! I will be silent and fill sorry for you !

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Thomas June 11 2014 at 8:33 AM

Whoever wrote this piece is, speaking from a grammar vantage point, an inferior writer. The first word in the first sentence should be "nearly . . .," not "near." Was there no editor to catch this juvenile yet jarring error? Shame on AOL for posting it.

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hotspringspark Thomas June 11 2014 at 9:40 AM

Shouldn't your post start with "Whomever" and not "whoever"?

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lalalexm June 11 2014 at 11:10 AM

And we give this government millions of dollars a year because we are suppose to be "good guys" and care about the less fortunate while thousands upon thousands of our own citizens have to live in the streets not to mention veterans that served this country in war.

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