Archive for June, 2013
On Tuesday evening, June 25th, in a climate of ongoing demonstrations across Rio de Janeiro–where both incidents of police brutality and acts of vandalism have been widely reported–the murmur among some residents of Rio’s elite South Zone neighborhoods was that Rocinha was going to “descend on the South Zone.”
There was heavy police presence in front of the Sheraton Hotel and Governor Sérgio Cabral’s apartment in Leblon prior to the demonstration, which was organized by residents of Rocinha and Vidigal. And yet, the protest of around 2,000 people remained peaceful and festive throughout, with no incidences of vandalism or police repression. “I think More >
On Thursday June 20th, over 300,000 Rio residents marched down Avenida Presidente Vargas, draped in Brazil flags and chanting for improved education, health, transport, and an end to corruption, evictions and overspending on mega-events. The act constituted a powerful collective demand for a better Brazil and was a beautiful, historic moment of civic pride in Rio.
For tens of thousands of peaceful protesters in Rio, the hours following the protest were indeed a hellish ordeal. Trapped in Rio’s downtown as roads were closed and More >
On Thursday night, June 20, at least 300,000 Cariocas (Rio residents) filled Avenida Presidente Vargas and walked from Candelária to the Prefeitura (the city government building), while at least 700,000 other Brazilians across the country demonstrated on the streets of 75 different cities. Put another way, roughly one in every 200 Brazilians came to the streets to express their indignation.
The protests, which continue to grow and spread across Brazil, have long ceased being about a 20 cent bus fare rise. As 23-year-old student Rodnei Pascoal, a resident of Taquara, said, “I think it was time for the people to demonstrate against More >
For the original article by Eliana Sousa Silva in Portuguese on Redes da Maré click here.
“Rifles should be used in war, in police operations in the communities and favelas. It is not a weapon to be used in an urban area” — Rodrigo Pimentel
The comment above is from the public security consultant Rodrigo Pimentel from the first edition of a TV broadcast on RJ TV on June 18. The comment was made in a natural, rational, and sound way as he analyzed an image of a military police officer with a rifle shooting upwards, but in the direction of violent protestors in More >
As the rain fell last Saturday June 15 in the Quilombo da Gamboa–not far from the corporate marketing campaigns and lavishly refurbished stadiums of the Confederations Cup–communities facing eviction participated in the “People’s Cup Against Removals.” Vitor Mariano, the tournament’s charming announcer, exclaimed on the microphone that “the objective of this Cup is to give a voice, to give time, to give space for those being excluded and for those being removed.” The inspired event was one of many in a series of diverse protests, meetings, and debates taking place in Rio de Janeiro over the past few months, culminating in More >