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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 >
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 >
Click here for the original editorial from Observatorio de Favelas, in Portuguese.
It’s been a long time since so many Brazilians have taken to the streets. In major cities more and more people are turning out. On June 17, Rio de Janeiro saw its second demonstration of more than 100,000 people. It looked like 1968 again on Avenida Rio Branco, with new banners and new faces. More than 300,000 people came out for the demonstration of June 20. The Observatorio de Favelas (Favelas Observatory) feels a part of this great autonomous people’s movement, which has mobilized more than a million people across Brazil.
The protests began 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 >
In a protest organized and funded by the Rio de Janeiro state government–with the right to take off from work to participate–held on Monday, November 26, up to 200,0000 people flooded the streets of downtown Rio to protest a bill that would partially redirect revenues from oil royalties away from the oil producing states of Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, and Espirito Santo, to the other 23 states in Brazil. Already passed by national Congress earlier in November, the fate of the bill was decided by President Dilma Rousseff this past Friday, who gave the final “No,” vetoing the proposed redistribution. The More >