Posts tagged Borel
Last Tuesday November 19, an interview with Rio State Security secretary, José Mariano Beltrame, was published in which he claimed that Rio may have to lose a generation before the situation of violence in Rio’s favelas improves, saying “Rio de Janeiro has this history and we’re maybe going to lose a generation to change this picture [of violence] that, unfortunately, the state let get to this point.” The assertion has enraged favela residents and human rights advocates with much comment and discussion on social media. Here we translate a response to Beltrame’s statement by Mônica Francisco, Borel resident and representative More >
Occupy Alemão: Youth Collective Fights Against the Criminalization of Public Spaces in Rio’s Favelas
Mário Lucas, 18, was brutally murdered by two plainclothes police officers in his own home in Morro da Fazendinha, in Complexo do Alemão on the morning of November 26, 2012. Two days later, a curfew was imposed in Borel. These two incidents motivated Luciano Garcia, businessman and advertising student and resident of Complexo do Alemão, to join a group of other youth from nearby Borel to organize an event to protest the violence of the Pacifying Police (UPP). Inspired by movements around the globe following Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Alemão and Occupy Borel were the first such initiatives organized by young people in More >
For the original by Elenilce Bottari in Portuguese in O Globo click here.
They have no doubt that “what they did to Bull was a great cruelty.” This is how residents, friends and family have described what happened to Rio resident Amarildo de Souza, who has been missing since July 14th, when he was taken “for questioning” by police officers of the Pacifying Police Unit (UPP) in Rocinha. Amarildo is an assistant bricklayer, born and raised in the community. In his 42 years, he never got above the poverty line and has always lived in the little known area of Pocinho, which is dominated More >
Last month in Providência Favela Não Se Cala organized a gathering of over fifty people that included residents of favelas from across the city, public defenders, law students, activists and social workers. Photographers and videographers flitted about the discussion circle, including the crew of Dominio Público, the investigative project currently being filmed about the privatization of Rio. Favela residents shared their experiences of state policy toward their communities and efforts to counter some of those policies, namely the displacement of thousands of families to public housing with low transparency and public works that often harm residents more than they benefit them.
In Rio, the end of the 2000s brought a trickle of funding to a few delayed upgrading projects from the Favela-Bairro program and its spinoffs, the Bairrinho and Grandes Favelas programs. During this time the federal Growth Acceleration Program (PAC) began to install public works in favelas as well. These tended to be attention-grabbing projects and those visible from the edges of communities such as the cable car in Complexo More >