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Police expel #OcupeEstelita protesters in Brazil

Authorities order police to seize historic warehouses in Recife, leading to confrontations with protesters.

Violent clashes broke out in Recife, Brazil Tuesday between local police and #OcupeEstelita protesters as government officials ordered the reclamation of the José Estelita Pier. Reconstruction of the city-owned property was disrupted in May by demonstrators demanding the historic warehouses be preserved. The attempted demolition was a part of “Project New Recife“, an ongoing effort to reshape the city.

The protesters, who have occupied the site since May 21, were dispersed by armored troops Tuesday morning.