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By Benjamin Parkin, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A new favela is in the process of being constructed after a group invaded an unoccupied area owned by the telephone company Oi, in Engenho Novo, Zona Norte (North Zone). A reported 5,000 families have set up barracos (makeshift housing) in the buildings and the surrounding terrain since the settlement began last Monday, March 31st.

The new community is being called the “Favela do Telerj,” a reference to an old telephone company in Rio. Oi explained that the territory was a deactivated warehouse, and have obtained a court injunction to . . .

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