“The People’s Cup” camp houses thousands of impoverished Brazilians who are living illegally just two miles from Sao Paulo’s World Cup stadium. Camp residents blame the construction of the World Cup arena for rent increases that drove them out of their homes. The Associated Press reports:
We are not against the World Cup,” insisted Rita de Cassia, a 35-year-old nurse who says her landlord doubled the rent on her one-bedroom house nearby, driving her family out of their home. “We are against how they are trying to belittle us. They are giving priority to soccer and forgetting about the families, about the Brazilian people.”
De Cassia is a part of Brazil’s Homeless Workers’ Movement, which agitates for affordable housing and helps families set up tents, according to the AP.