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Squatters invade Rio building that was to become a luxury hotel before the Olympic games

  • People stand behind a gate at the entrance of an abandoned residential apartment building in the middle class Flamengo neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, April 7, 2015. Squatters invaded the residence that Brazil's one-time richest man was supposed to transform into a luxury hotel, ahead of the 2016 Olympic games and are demanding city officials put them into social housing. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

    People stand behind a gate at the entrance of an abandoned residential apartment building in the middle class Flamengo neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, April 7, 2015. Squatters invaded the residence that Brazil's one-time richest man was supposed to transform into a luxury hotel, ahead of the 2016 Olympic games and are demanding city officials put them into social housing. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)  (The Associated Press)

  • An abandoned building stands in the middle class Flamengo neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, April 7, 2015. Over the past two evenings, squatters invaded this residence that Brazil's one-time richest man, Eike Batista, was supposed to transform into a luxury hotel ahead of the 2016 Olympic games. The squatters are demanding city officials put them into social housing. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

    An abandoned building stands in the middle class Flamengo neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, April 7, 2015. Over the past two evenings, squatters invaded this residence that Brazil's one-time richest man, Eike Batista, was supposed to transform into a luxury hotel ahead of the 2016 Olympic games. The squatters are demanding city officials put them into social housing. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)  (The Associated Press)

  • A woman holds open a banner that reads in Portuguese "Such cowardice. Investment in Olympics and not housing" to show it to the press and neighbors from inside an abandoned building in the middle class Flamengo neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, April 7, 2015. Over the past two evenings, squatters invaded this residence that Brazil's one-time richest man, Eike Batista, was supposed to transform into a luxury hotel ahead of the 2016 Olympic games. The squatters are demanding city officials put them into social housing. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

    A woman holds open a banner that reads in Portuguese "Such cowardice. Investment in Olympics and not housing" to show it to the press and neighbors from inside an abandoned building in the middle class Flamengo neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, April 7, 2015. Over the past two evenings, squatters invaded this residence that Brazil's one-time richest man, Eike Batista, was supposed to transform into a luxury hotel ahead of the 2016 Olympic games. The squatters are demanding city officials put them into social housing. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)  (The Associated Press)

Squatters have invaded an abandoned Rio de Janeiro residential building that Brazil's one-time richest man was supposed to transform into a luxury hotel ahead of the 2016 Olympic games.

Around 100 people took over building in the middle class Flamengo neighborhood over the past two evenings. They demanded Tuesday that city officials provide them with housing.

Former billionaire Eike Batista bought the building to turn it into a Hilton hotel. The building's former residents were evicted in late 2012, around the time that Batista's mining and oil empire began to crumble. No construction work was carried out, and the building remained empty, turning into a breeding ground for mosquitoes and cockroaches.

Rio's hotel shortage has long been considered a potential problem for the Olympics.