Monday, January 23, 2006

Sem teto -- Without a roof

Sao Paulo squatters take over a 22 story building in the center of the city. Guardian Unlimited has the story: "At first glance Prestes Maia, which sem-teto members occupied in 2002, resembles a chaotic, multi-storey shantytown; cardboard spews out of its cracked windows, graffiti litter its walls and children rattle through its wide corridors on bicycles. But the community is meticulously organised. Residents contribute R$20 (£5) a month to the upkeep of the building, and a rota system exists for cleaning each floor's communal bathroom." Sounds like chaotic democracy.

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