Posts tagged Favela do Metrô
Early Tuesday morning, January 8, representatives from the City arrived unannounced at Favela do Metrô-Mangueira to demolish homes, causing panic and despair amongst the hundreds of people currently living in the locale. Around twelve homes were demolished, some with the occupants’ belongings still inside.
Outraged, local residents held a demonstration on the main road in the afternoon and evening, closing Rua Radial Oeste, the main road which passes Metrô-Mangueira and the nearby Maracanã stadium, for several hours. Violence broke out between police and protesters, with police firing rubber bullets, pepper spray, tear gas and flash bombs and some protesters throwing More >
Over two years after the eviction of Favela Metrô-Mangueira, also known as Favela do Metrô, began in November 2010–to make way for what was rumored to be a car park to accompany the Maracanã stadium for next year’s World Cup and the 2016 Olympics–the brutal process continues. And residents and the public are still in the dark as to what the site will be used for.
Since the initial evictions began, the once peaceful community has been relocated in three groups, dependent mostly on their willingness and ability to resist the City government’s constant pressure. The first group of 107 families, often elderly and More >
Analysis piece written by Theresa Williamson, City Planner and Executive Director of Catalytic Communities, for the Folha de São Paulo newspaper. Click here for Portuguese original. Article accompanied Folha piece on evictions at Favela Metrô-Mangueira.
The removal of favelas currently underway in Rio, in many cases, is characterized by the demolition of homes of residents who have been evicted while those who resist are forced to live amidst the rubble. Ultimately they are being punished, living in unhealthy and insecure conditions.
The case of Metro-Mangueira favela is the most symbolic, but we have seen other similar situations across Rio.
Forced removals should not be confused with consensual relocation. More >
Maria Garcez looked on devastated as City workers demolished her home in Favela do Metrô on November 4th, 2010. Her image accompanied RioOnWatch’s first report on the brutal eviction of the community to reportedly build a parking lot for the World Cup 2014 at the nearby Maracanã stadium, though to this day no official project for the site has been released.
Two years later we met up with Dona Maria, 65, at the apartment she shares with her granddaughter in Minha Casa, Minha Vida replacement housing in the distant West Zone neighborhood of Cosmos. With expressive outbursts in her thick Northeast accent, Dona Maria, who has More >
Since October 2009 when Rio was selected to host the 2016 Olympics, more than 8,000 people have been evicted from their homes. Tens of thousands more are expected. Forced eviction should not be confused with consensual relocation; the prior is nonconsensual by nature and violates basic local, state and federal legislation, as well as widely held human rights.
Upon studying the extensive documentation of the removal of eight communities, partial evictions of several others, and reports from yet another 11 currently under threat, the following patterns of abuses have been found to be commonplace:
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