Residents burn down their own homes on land just outside the Brazilian city of Sao Paolo after police evicted them. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Residents set their own homes on fire after police on Tuesday (June 9) evicted them from land where some of them had been squatting for more than a year. Nearly 3,000 families were forced from the 400,000 square metre (100 acre) piece of land in the city of Osasco just outside of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Courts had ordered the land to be cleared because it is not zoned for housing due to environmental and geological restrictions. Squatters began moving onto the land back in February, 2014. In that time, an estimated 3,000 shacks and simple homes were built as more families joined them in the Nelson Mandela shantytown, known in Brazil as a favela neighbourhood. Most people cooperated with police when they moved into the area in the early morning. Residents were seen removing their belongings and appliances from their homes as they complied with the order to leave. However, a handful of residents set structures, including their own homes, on fire as they left. Local media said the fires were started as a sign of resistance to the evictions.