Social media has also made another kind of aggression against homeless people more evident: the implantation of spikes and other obstacles in public places that have the intent of repelling homeless people. Many middle-class Brazilians may pass by without even noticing these examples of so-called hostile architecture, or residential or public space that is designed to discourage lingering or resting. (It is worth noting that the phenomenon is not limited to Brazil; it has been observed all over the world.) But one Catholic priest has made it his mission to report every instance of it that he becomes aware of.
Source: America Magazine