Brazil police storm landless settlement near Sao Paulo

BBC News, 01/22/2012

Thousands of police were involved in the operation to evict slum residents. Reuters

Brazilian riot police have stormed an illegal settlement of landless workers in Sao Paulo state to reclaim the land for its private owners.

Several cars were set alight as residents tried to defend their homes in the Pinheirinho slum in Sao Jose dos Campos, and 16 people were arrested.

Police say they are now in control of the area after encountering less resistance than had been feared.

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