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Reflections After a Year of Protest: Rio de Janeiro as ‘Post-Third World City’ or ‘City of Exception’?
After a year of protest it’s time to re-examine what kind of Rio de Janeiro is emerging from the ‘city project.’
The widely (though not universally) held belief that Brazil had entered a new era of economic stability and social progress was severely dented in June of this year when enormous protests erupted across the country. Although less commented on in the mainstream national and international media, another dominant consensus was also thrown into question by the unrest: the idea that Rio de Janeiro was following a path towards improved urban governance and enhanced integration and social justice. In the wake of More >
For the original by Lívia de Cássia Godoi Moraes in Portuguese in Brasil de Fato click here.
On the Rio de Janeiro state’s official website of the Pacifying Police Units (UPPs),the justification for their creation is “for security, citizenship, and social inclusion purposes.” The UPP program (which turned 5 last month) encompasses partnerships among the municipal, state, and federal governments, as well as different civil society actors, including private businesses. According to the website, “the government’s priority is the preservation of residents’ lives and liberties.”
Rio’s favela pacification policy–whereby specially trained Military Police occupy and then establish Pacifying Police Units (UPPs) to take territorial control over communities previously controlled by drug trafficking gangs or militia–has come under increasing scrutiny in recent months following the disappearance and torture of bricklayer Amarildo de Souza in Rocinha, cases of inappropriate use of force, and persistent reports of clashes between police and drug gangs in UPP neighborhoods. On Sunday, the Folha de São Paulo newspaper reported that the Rio State Security Secretariat was suspending the implementation of new units to try to “save” the program. The next day, on More >
As the world’s biggest sporting mega-events draw closer, Brazilian authorities will be expected to ensure borders, ports of entry, and territory are secure from threats and clandestine activity. However, security blunders during the Pope’s visit, ongoing conflicts between police and demonstrators, and public threats from organized crime groups promising a ‘World Cup of terror’ pull Brazil’s suitability to host international events into question.
While security threats to international visitors are worrisome, fundamental concerns about the social fabric of Brazil are masked by these worries, with longer term concerns at the core. One of the main problems facing Brazilian citizens is the everyday use More >
For the original by Davison Coutinho in Portuguese in Jornal do Brasil click here.
A community abandoned by the public sector for decades, dominated by drug trafficking, under pressure and oppressed for a lifetime. Suddenly, the dream of a better life emerged: the installation of a Pacifying Police Unit (UPP). The promise was that it would be a better life, free from violence, all with the objective of spreading peace.
However, threats, oppression, beatings and torture were happening in the alleyways and little lanes. This has already been reported by the Jornal do Brasil during the investigation into the disappearance of bricklayer Amarildo, and was the More >