This is Part 2 in a four part series on the History of Rio de Janeiro’s Military Police. Click for Part 1.
Bandido favelado não se varre com vassoura se varre com granada com fuzil, metralhadora
(Favela criminal you don’t sweep them away with a broom you sweep them away with grenades with rifles, machine guns)
As we have seen, the mandate of the Brazilian police force throughout its history has been heavily based on colonial notions of citizenship. Those ‘with’ tend to be seen as honest, hardworking citizens, whilst those ‘without’ are viewed as criminals, or potential criminals. In More >
In 1978 favela residents, liberation theologians and activists mobilized to successfully defend Vidigal against eviction attempts. Those protesting removal used ingenious methods of resistance. These included providing daily coffees to placate COMLURB (Rio’s waste collection company) workers, those employed to evict the protesters, recognizing that they, too, were poor and hungry. These garis (street sweepers) soon made it clear to the government that they wouldn’t remove any of the belongings of residents who wished to stay. Brazilianist Bryan McCann, author of the new book Hard Times in the Marvelous City: From Dictatorship to Democracy in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro, describes the efforts as More >
Rio de Janeiro is falling behind on its promise to plant 24 million trees to offset the carbon emissions produced as a result of hosting the 2016 Olympic Games. According to the official counter, just 5.5 million have been planted, and time is running out to get the remaining trees planted before the end of 2015 deadline. Back in September 2012, State Environment Secretary Carlos Minc was so confident of reaching the goal of 24 million trees he increased the target to 34 million. But with less than two years remaining before the set deadline and little more than that More >
Land in Recreio was not utilized after evictions took place there in 2011 to make way for construction of the Transoeste BRT line.
The experience of families who have been resettled in the housing estates of the Minha Casa Minha Vida (federal housing) program is not encouraging for residents who may face the same fate. The most common challenges concern the distance between home and work, transportation quality, access to public services, and the quality of the new apartments.
“The BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) forces us to summon the courage to confront people we don’t know. More >
The community in the path of the TransOlímpica BRT was to be urbanized by City government
On Saturday, February 1, members of the Popular Committee on the World Cup and Olympics were in Vila União de Curicica, a community in the West Zone of Rio de Janeiro [see map]. At least 700 families had had their homes marked and were being threatened with removal for the purposes of constructing the TransOlímpica Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line, connecting Barra da Tijuca with Deodoro. Should that plan materialize, More >