Anger is growing over the threatened expulsion of around 1,000 people from an abandoned building in Brazil’s biggest city

The São Paulo police are not known for their softly-softly approach when it comes to mass evictions. They go in hard. Rubber bullets. Teargas. Percussion grenades. Pepper spray.

This is what about 1,000 people who have been squatting in an abandoned hotel in the city centre for a decade are facing on 22 October, barring a last-minute reprieve. But they are not afraid, they say, nor do they intend to budge.

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