Nonviolent Resistance in the Struggle for Housing in Urban Areas of Brazil: The Direct Action of the Roofless Workers’ Movement

  • Mario Ramírez-OrozcoEmail author
Part of the Studies of the Americas book series (STAM)


This chapter analyses the civil resistance campaign of the Roofless Workers’ Movement (MTST) for the right to housing in the periphery of large cities of Brazil. It explains how this social movement of workers used direct action, including land occupations and political actions, to achieve its objectives. Irrespective of the political parties in power, the movement mobilized against the state and private companies to denounce the violation of the right to decent housing, from which many Brazilians who live in the suburbs of cities have been deprived, and press for an effective urban reform. Without knowing much about civil resistance, its members adopted many of its principles in their nonviolent struggle for the recognition of the constitutional right to housing.


MTST Brazil Nonviolent resistance Occupation Social movement 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of La SalleBogotáColombia

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