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This is Part 2 in a four part series on the History of Rio de Janeiro’s Military Police. Click for Part 1.
Bandido favelado não se varre com vassoura se varre com granada com fuzil, metralhadora
(Favela criminal you don’t sweep them away with a broom you sweep them away with grenades with rifles, machine guns)
As we have seen, the mandate of the Brazilian police force throughout its history has been heavily based on colonial notions of citizenship. Those ‘with’ tend to be seen as honest, hardworking citizens, whilst those ‘without’ are viewed as criminals, or potential criminals. In More >
In 1978 favela residents, liberation theologians and activists mobilized to successfully defend Vidigal against eviction attempts. Those protesting removal used ingenious methods of resistance. These included providing daily coffees to placate COMLURB (Rio’s waste collection company) workers, those employed to evict the protesters, recognizing that they, too, were poor and hungry. These garis (street sweepers) soon made it clear to the government that they wouldn’t remove any of the belongings of residents who wished to stay. Brazilianist Bryan McCann, author of the new book Hard Times in the Marvelous City: From Dictatorship to Democracy in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro, describes the efforts as More >
For the original by Mariana Albanese in Portuguese published on the Carta Capital blog Negro Belchoir click here.
The actions and the images are shocking, and yet they are celebrated on the BOPE Facebook page. The deaths of two soldiers were being vindicated and their honor washed with the blood of young black bodies that lie on the steps up to any favela in Rio de Janeiro.
The saying from Africa goes “The true story of the forest will only be known when the lion speaks.” A lioness, in this case: Mariana Albanese, a journalist and editor of Vidiga!, human rights activist More >
With its historically welcoming and bohemian community and stunning views of Rio’s coast, the Vidigal favela in Rio’s South Zone has seen ever more visitors, new residents and outside developers since receiving a Pacifying Police Unit (UPP) in 2011. How are new visitors, residents and developers changing Vidigal? How do longtime residents view these changes? What are the concerns, hopes and fears for the future?
Here we take a look at some of the changes in Vidigal with residents’ comments from a workshop CatComm conducted with Vidigal residents in November 2013 to discuss gentrification and resident hopes for the future.“The situation here will improve, More >
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 >