This article titled “Guardian Cities: Live from São Paulo’s occupations” was written by Chris Michael, Ana Aranha, Elle Hunt Nick Mead, Ana Terra Athayde and Jonathan Watts in São Paulo, for theguardian.com on Monday 27th November 2017 17.38 Asia/Kolkata
Welcome to Tent City
Bom dia, Paulistanos! Tudo bem?
Guardian Cities is live in the great megacity of South America, reporting all day long from the front lines of what is a truly remarkable phenomenon: São Paulo’s hundreds of occupations.
These acts of resistance take many forms: working folk who take up residence in vacant office towers to be closer to their jobs; homeless people living in makeshifts huts on public land; and militant housing activists reclaiming unused territory while inviting rock stars and politicians to address their thousands of followers.
Our correspondent Jonathan Watts is visiting what is perhaps the most impressive occupation of all: the awe-inspiring, 8,000-strong “Tent City” of Sem Medo, where Brazilian musician Caetano Veloso and firebrand leftist former president Lula have made appearances – and where it is has been pouring down rain all morning…
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