Posts tagged Pavão-Pavãozinho
I have never accepted the term “pacification,” adopted as a slogan by the government and repeated all over the media. By consensus, peace is a desired state of mind and something that can be achieved individually or collectively. It is often confused with abundance, since we cannot have peace until we satisfy our basic needs. So without school there is no peace, without health there is no peace, without basic sanitation there is no peace, without leisure there is no peace…but the warrior people of the favelas already know where to find peace, solidarity, joy, and the will to live, More >
You cannot imagine what government neglect of the favelas has done to this city. It is a failure of public service.
- José Mariano Beltrame, Wikileaks, 2009
With the policing strategy clearly not solving any problems in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, a change of policy was long overdue. The possibility of alternative policing had been explored in various forms but had always lacked the political, societal and economic backing to succeed.
There had in fact been various attempts at implementing community 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 >
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 >
For the original by Mariana Alvim in Portuguese on Viva Favela click here.
Fewer motorized vehicles, proximity to points of interest, and a sense of community: these are some of the features that would make favelas good places to use bicycles in the city. On the other hand, the steepness of the hills, the narrow streets, and the lack of pavement impose difficulties both for residents and for any urban policy that proposes to restructure communities for this type of transport. Even with the lack of bike paths and bike racks, favela residents opt for these two-wheelers as a simple and inexpensive means More >