Posts tagged Complexo da Maré
For the original by Isabela Marinho in Portuguese in G1 click here.
Rio de Janeiro State Public Security Secretary, José Mariano Beltrame, announced last Friday, January 24, that the next regions to receive the Pacifying Police Units (UPPs) will be (four or five as yet unspecified) municipalities of the Baixada Fluminense, and São Gonçalo, in the Greater Metropolitan Region.
“Today we will initiate a series of measures like this one. We are going to the Baixada and Niterói. The moment has arrived for the Baixada and São Gonçalo to be considered for these operations,” affirmed Beltrame.
The announcement was made during the inauguration of the More >
Throughout the year RioOnWatch monitors coverage of Rio’s favelas in the international press, sharing articles via our RioOnWatch Facebook page and in our monthly news digest. We’re always on hand to support journalists in their coverage of Rio’s favelas, providing information and contacts, and are thrilled when international reports successfully represent and communicate community views and concerns in a nuanced way which reflects the complexity of the situation in Rio today. Though we see an improvement in reporting on favelas generally, there are still many articles which are not only inaccurate but dangerous in reinforcing a stigmatized, unidimensional view of Rio’s favelas More >
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 >
On Friday November 8, the Hotel e Spa da Loucura (Hotel and Spa of Madness) at the Nise da Silveira psychiatric and rehabilitation center hosted AFROntamento, an event in celebration of Brazilian Black Awareness Month. The event was organized by CRUA – Coletiva Criativo da Rua (Creative Collective of the Street), a collection of artists, musicians, poets, thinkers, actors and community leaders whose goal is to integrate, explore and disseminate local culture. They came together to discuss issues facing Brazilians of African ancestry today and strengthening Black identity in the city. The event was also periodically attended by residents of the various More >
For the original by Sílvia Noronha in Portuguese in Maré de Notícias click here.
The precariousness of public services in Maré sets the tone of the functions carried out by the neighborhood associations. Generally, these institutions have the responsibility of fighting for residents’ interests, lobbying the government so the community can enjoy their rights to health, urban infrastructure, leisure, education, etc. However, here in Maré, the role of the associations goes above and beyond: they must also act as if they were a sub-division of the government. In other words, they get their hands dirty—including in the sewer, as is the case of More >