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World Cup: Hundreds evicted for road never built

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Hundreds of Brazilian families were forced from their homes for a road that was never built. (Source: CNN) Hundreds of Brazilian families were forced from their homes for a road that was never built. (Source: CNN)

RECIFE, BRAZIL (CNN) - While the World Cup brings a sense of pride to some Brazilians, many others are not celebrating.

In the northeastern city of Recife, hundreds of families were forcibly removed from their homes to make room for an urban transit hub.

More than 200 families were evicted to build an expressway that was never finished.

Paula Oliveira and Marcus Andre Dos Santos lost their property.

"We were still living in the house,” Santos said. “Then the tractors came and started taking down all the trees, they encircled us and literally forced us out."

A video shows machines leveling their home last year.

They say they have haven't received a penny in compensation.

Now they spend most of their time in Oliveira's father's shack near their old house.

The original plan was to double a bus terminal in size and build the road to make it easier for fans to get to the Recife stadium.

The road and the expansion of the bus terminal were part of a mobility project for the World Cup. Construction hasn't started and many of those who were evicted are angry and frustrated.

When contacted by CNN the state government said most people are happy with the compensation they have received and that residents will benefit from the infrastructure in the future.

But Ana Maria Ramalho, a professor who studies the impact of the World Cup, says the problems in Recife are symptomatic of Brazil’s preparations.

"Much like here many people in Brazil were removed from their land and then nothing was built, she said. “And it is not only the removals it is the way they were carried out. It was cruel and stripped residents of their rights.”

Oliveira and Santos say the fact the road is not even close to finished makes things more bitter for them.

"It is like another slap in the face,” Oliveira said. “We are poor and the government can do what they want with us. We are humans and we were stripped of our rights. And look: they left this mess."

When the World Cup ends what will remain is people's anger, an unfinished project and promises broken.

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