SAO PAULO – The leader of the Homeless Workers Movement (MTST), one of Brazil’s most active grassroots organizations, was arrested on Tuesday as he participated in a protest against an eviction.
Guilherme Boulos was taken to a Sao Paulo police station where he remains in detention, MTST reported on social networks.
Boulos was part of a protest against the eviction of roughly 700 families who had occupied property on the east side of Brazil’s most populous city.
The squatters erected burning barricades to prevent the eviction and police responded with tear gas.
“Guilherme supported the families and acted as a mediator in the conflict,” MTST secretary Jose Afonso da Silva told EFE, warning that if Boulos is not released within hours, members of the movement “will set fire” to the city.