Dozens of people take over Indian Museum complex near Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro

  • Updated: August 6, 2013 - 4:05 PM

RIO DE JANEIRO — A group of indigenous people and their supporters have re-occupied Rio de Janeiro's Indian Museum complex months after police ousted the group in a violent clash.

Several dozen people occupied the museum complex late Monday and have pledged to remain there until it's turned into an Indian-managed indigenous cultural center.

The crumbling complex abuts Rio's legendary Maracana football stadium, where the final of next year's World Cup will be played. Under the stadium's costly refurbishment plan, the museum was meant to be demolished to make way for a shopping mall and a parking lot.

A group of Indians and supporters had been squatting in the complex and were forcibly removed in March.

But following recent protests, Rio Gov. Sergio Cabral pledged to spare the museum.

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