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Brazil: Squatters leave Rio housing complex

November 19, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Squatters who invaded government-built, low-income housing units in a Rio de Janeiro suburb are leaving the complex.

Several hundred people invaded the complex in the northern suburb of Guadalupe earlier this month, apparently with the help of a few heavily armed gang members.

Police and judicial officials were on hand Wednesday as the squatters left the building, their belongings in tote. There were no reports of violence.

Other low-income families had been chosen to receive the housing units and were slated to move in in December. That date could be pushed back due to the squatters.

There have been increasing reports that drug gangs and militias who rule huge swaths of poorer Rio areas have forced some residents from such housing units, apparently to sell the properties to others.

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