Posts tagged Maracanã
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 >
August 9, 2013–In a meeting today, the second in one week with residents and supporters of the community, Mayor Eduardo Paes agreed to the permanence of Vila Autódromo, a favela that has been creatively and doggedly resisting since its imminent eviction was announced by the Mayor, through the media, the night Rio de Janeiro won the 2016 Olympic bid in October 2009.
The Association of Residents, Fishermen, and Friends of Vila Autódromo (AMPAVA) released this public note:
After years of resistance and struggle, Vila Autódromo achieved a commitment from the Mayor: Vila Autódromo and its residents will not be removed.
The Residents’ Association More >
PUBLIC STATEMENT: Meeting between the Popular Committee on the World Cup and Olympics and Mayor Eduardo Paes
For the original article by the Popular Committee in Portuguese click here.
This Thursday morning (August 8, 2013), the Popular Committee on the World Cup and Olympics participated in a meeting with Rio de Janeiro’s Mayor, requested by the Mayor himself. Following three years’ discussion about the impacts of mega-events on the City, the Committee presented points that reflect the large number of issues it has come to monitor. The meeting finished with some commitments from the Mayor, such as: to once again declare the Célio de Barros Athletic Stadium and the Júlio Delamare Aquatic Park national heritage sites; to declare More >
Sunday, June 30, 2013–While the Brazilian national soccer team prepared for the final match of the Confederations Cup, the World Cup and Olympics Popular Committee organized a mass demonstration against forced evictions of Rio de Janeiro’s communities and the privatization of Maracanã Stadium. The morning demonstration began in Plaza Saens Pena, located 2 km away from Maracanã Stadium and ended in Plaza Saint Francisco Xavier. Although there was heavy police presence the demonstration was peaceful and festive throughout, garnering support from residents of the Tijuca neighborhood as protesters marched through. Sunday’s protest, similar to the People’s Cup organized June 15, provided a symbolic counterpoint 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 >