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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 >
On Thursday morning, April 11th, approximately 400 protesters representing various social and political movements marched from Largo do Machado to the Palácio Guanabara in Laranjeiras to demonstrate against the privatization of Rio’s historic Maracanã stadium. Inside the Palace, envelopes were being opened to determine which companies would be able to compete in the bidding process to administer the Maracanã complex for the next 35 years.
“Today is the day the carioca (Rio native) population takes to the streets and says ‘enough!’…These mega-events, the World Cup and the Olympics cannot violate the rights of the city of Rio de Janeiro! [They] cannot violate More >
“Money! Money! Your house!”-That’s how Vilma Cristina Ribeiro, 43 and a lifelong Vidigal resident, says foreign investors approach her as they come into Carlos Duque Street, located in the upper part of Vidigal, trying to acquire properties. The houses are in a prime location, not only with easy access to the main street, but with a breathtaking view of the beach of São Conrado. Her answer comes swiftly: “We say no.” She explains, “I do not want to lose my house to the City, why would I lose it to these gringos?”
What these interested visitors don’t know is that Carlos Duque is a More >
Original article by community journalist Mariana Albanese for Vidiga! can be read in Portuguese here.
One year ago was a decisive moment in our history. Late Saturday night, November 13, 2011, Vidigal was occupied by the police Shock Battalion. As previously announced, they had come to pacify the favela. Approximately two months later, Vidigal’s Police Pacification Unit (UPP, by its Portuguese acronym) was established.
A year into the pacification, things are still a little shaky. But life in the community has changed. We can see that people move through the neighborhood, and even relate to others, in a different way. Residents are More >