What was the value in all of the years Nelson Mandela served in prison to defend the end of South Africa’s apartheid? We are now called to revisit this question after an incident in a São Paulo shopping mall became the stage for the “rolezinho” controversy. This was nothing but a group of young people, most of them black, poor and from the urban periphery, that organized a simple excursion known as a rolezinho – literally “little stroll” – to the mall, via Facebook.
For the original by Cláudia Freitas in Portuguese in Jornal do Brasil click here.
According to data by Fiocruz, hypertension, stroke, depression, and even suicide were reported.
Removals occurring in communities such as Complexo do Alemão and Manguinhos in the North Zone and Rocinha in the South Zone, primarily as a result of the Growth Acceleration Program (PAC) of the Rio state government, are having serious repercussions on residents’ health. In addition, the main objectives identified by the state government for the PAC program in the areas of housing, basic sanitation, and urban mobility were not achieved. Partial conclusions are presented in a report produced by the More >
Early Tuesday morning, January 8, representatives from the City arrived unannounced at Favela do Metrô-Mangueira to demolish homes, causing panic and despair amongst the hundreds of people currently living in the locale. Around twelve homes were demolished, some with the occupants’ belongings still inside.
Outraged, local residents held a demonstration on the main road in the afternoon and evening, closing Rua Radial Oeste, the main road which passes Metrô-Mangueira and the nearby Maracanã stadium, for several hours. Violence broke out between police and protesters, with police firing rubber bullets, pepper spray, tear gas and flash bombs and some protesters throwing More >
The critical period of potential landslides on hillsides is just beginning. Unlike floods, which form immediately during a very large rainfall, landslides generally depend on a slightly slower process, where the determining factor is the level of saturation of the soil. The houses that fell apart last month, in Complexo do Alemão, did so primarily because of fragile construction, and not movement of the soil. When there is heavy rain for many hours or days, water infiltrates the soil at a higher velocity than it seeps out, generally due to percolation or evaporation. The mechanical resistance of soil greatly diminishes More >
For the original in Portuguese in Viva Favela click here.
More than two years after the inauguration of the cable car in Complexo do Alemão, inspired by the model from Colombia, it’s still generating controversy. Morro da Providência, also in Rio de Janeiro, is the second Brazilian favela to receive this mass cable car system. The inauguration will happen soon, although the City’s call center was unable to provide information as to what is causing the delay. In Rocinha, the next favela slated by the city to receive a cable car, a majority of residents are fighting to prevent this from happening. More >