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For original article in Jornal do Brasil click here.
On Saturday, January 12, a scene unfolded in Rio de Janeiro which to the untrained eye appeared anachronistic to the 21st Century: a heavily armed battalion of military police Special Forces (“Batalhão de Choque,” known locally by the acronym BOPE) – uniformed and ready for battle – surrounded a building inhabited by native Brazilian Indians carrying bows and arrows. Travesty aside, it exemplified the undemocratic manner Rio State authorities have adopted in upgrading the Maracanã Stadium.
On those very grounds, on July 16, 1950, Brazil was stunningly defeated when Uruguayan player, Alcides Ghiggia, scored More >
Article by Raquel Rolnik originally published in Portuguese here.
I recently spoke with the magazine Revista Pagina 22, from the Sustainability Research Centre of the Getúlio Vargas Foundation Business School, about the social impact that the mega sporting events will have. The interview is available on the magazine’s website. See (the transcript of) our conversation below:
The show and the myth
In the history of mega sporting events the commonly touted urban and socioeconomic legacy is an exception, not the rule. Much more frequently their history is characterized by unassisted communities being transformed into victims of a chaotic evictions scheme and public coffers More >
Original Portuguese article published in Observatório de Favelas.
On Friday September 30th, the NGO REDES de Desenvolvimento da Maré (Development Networks for Maré), in partnership with ActionAid and Observatório de Favelas (Favelas Observatory), set up the seminar “The city of and for mega sporting events: Walls, evictions and urban make-up.” The event brought together, at the Lona Cultural Herbert Vianna, in the Maré Favela, 250 people, a mix of residents, non-residents, thinkers and political activists, all interested in the debate about the current conjuncture of the city pre-World Cup and Olympics.
The participants discussed the potential and probable impacts that the huge sporting events of 2014 More >
Saturday morning, July 30th, the World Cup/Olympics Popular Committee (Comitê Popular da Copa e das Olimpíadas), a coalition of diverse organizations, organized a march and rally starting in Largo do Machado and ending near Marina da Gloria to protest the social injustices the mega-event planning process has caused in Rio de Janeiro. Over 1000 people came out for the event. The rally was timely planned to culminate just outside as the preliminary 2014 FIFA World Cup Draws occurred inside the Marina da Gloria–an extravagant event costing Brazilian taxpayers R$30 million.
At the forefront of the march, people held a huge sign that read “Fora Ricardo Teixeira–Out More >