In Recife, Brazil, an occupation known as “Occupy Estelita,” which has existed since May 21st to fight the “new Recife project,” was violently dispersed at 5 am today, June 17th. The “new Recife” project will destroy a historic area of the state capital to make way for the tallest towers in the city.
Amnesty Brazil have released a statement condemning the actions of the Military Police:
Amnesty International condemns excessive use of force and less lethal weapons (rubber bullets, tear gas, pepper spray) used by the Military Police of Pernambuco to vacate the pier Estelita in the city of Recife, in the morning ( 17/06). About 100 people occupied the space for about 25 days in protest against the proposed urban design for the site.
Protesters were negotiating with local authorities, with accompanying Public Ministry, and there was a commitment that any repossession would have advance notice of 48 hours.There are reports of injured protesters, seized equipment, destruction of the camp and people arrested on charges of conspiracy.
Amnesty International calls for the immediate investigation of the abuses committed by the military police and a resumption of the negotiation with the participants of the occupation.
You can follow the movement using the hashtag #ResisteEstelita, and on twitter @OcupeEstelita