Police Evict Hundreds to Prevent Encroachment on Private Development

What is affected
Housing private
Land Social/public
Type of violation Forced eviction
Date 01 February 2006
Region LAC [ Latin America/Caribbean ]
Country Brazil
Location Rosalina Community, Fortaleza, Ceara State

Affected persons

Total 1000
Men 0
Women 0
Children 0
Proposed solution
Forced eviction
Housing losses
- Number of homes
- Total value €

Duty holder(s) /responsible party(ies)

Brief narrative Source: COHRE

In February 2006, police evicted approximately 200 families from the Rosalina community in Fortaleza, State of Ceará. The homes of the affected families were demolished during the eviction. The eviction turned violent and one settler was killed. To protest against the eviction, many families camped in front of the Fortaleza City Hall for several weeks. The Municipality had ordered the eviction because authorities wanted to prevent ‘encroachment’ of an area where a new building complex was planned. Authorities were planning to house the
evicted families in the new complex. There was, however, not enough room for all evictees and not all of the low-income families are eligible for loans. Moreover, the people had been waiting for over ten years for the complex to be built.

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