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Heavily armed police arrived with a judicial order to evict the demonstrators and end the occupation by artists opposed to the interim government.
Federal police in Brazil conducted a surprise raid Monday morning of an occupation protest at the Gustavo Capanema Palace, home of the Ministry of Culture in Rio de Janeiro, forcefully removing a group of artists who had taken over the building after the coup government of Michel Temer came to power in Brazil in May.
Heavily-armed police arrived during the early morning hours of Monday and gave the occupants five minutes to voluntarily leave. After a brief period of negotiation with those inside, the demonstrators were ultimately given half an hour to exit.
Midia Ninja, a news outlet present during the raid, said one woman was attacked by police. In a video it posted online, a woman can be seen being dragged down a set of winding stairs by police in riot gear.
The group had been present inside the Gustavo Capanema Palace for over two months and in that time had organized more than a thousand free activities related to art and culture.
Temer eliminated the Ministry of Culture soon after forming his all-white and all-male government, a decision that was met with heavy criticism both inside Brazil and abroad.