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RIO DE JANEIRO – Chaos has erupted as Brazilian police dislodged squatters from a building slated for use as a luxury hotel for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
More than 100 squatters had agreed to leave of their own accord Tuesday. But heavily armed police stormed the building as the men, women and children were filing out. Firefighters battled two fires set by squatters as police in riot gear chased people through the streets.
The squatters invaded the building in Rio's tony Flamengo neighborhood about a week ago.
The building belongs a soccer team, but Brazil's then-richest man leased it with plans to turn it into a hotel for the Olympics. That project is now uncertain because of the collapse of businessman Eike Batista's financial empire.