Posts tagged protest
On Thursday afternoon, November 7, 100 residents and supporters of Vila Autódromo gathered in the rain to protest outside City Hall, a response to the City’s latest tactic to undermine their resistance to removal. The week prior, on October 30, it appeared city officials had orchestrated a protest of approximately 20 residents who want to leave their homes in Vila Autódromo for apartments in Parque Carioca, the designated resettlement housing complex. Participants recounted that city employees “mobilized” several families who are considering resettlement housing and transported them on buses to City Hall.
Longtime Vila Autódromo resident and activist Maria da Penha described More >
As the world’s biggest sporting mega-events draw closer, Brazilian authorities will be expected to ensure borders, ports of entry, and territory are secure from threats and clandestine activity. However, security blunders during the Pope’s visit, ongoing conflicts between police and demonstrators, and public threats from organized crime groups promising a ‘World Cup of terror’ pull Brazil’s suitability to host international events into question.
While security threats to international visitors are worrisome, fundamental concerns about the social fabric of Brazil are masked by these worries, with longer term concerns at the core. One of the main problems facing Brazilian citizens is the everyday use More >
This post is a contribution to Blog Action Day 2013 in which bloggers around the world reflect on this year’s theme, Human Rights.
Yesterday, Tuesday October 15, an estimated 20,000 people took to the streets in solidarity with teachers on strike and demanding improved education in Brazil. Taking place on Teachers Day, the protest was the latest in a series of recent protests regarding education and teachers’ pay, career plan and roles. Demonstrators marched down the main downtown artery, Avenida Rio Branco, before, as in other recent protests, violence broke out between protesters and police.
Present at yesterday’s protest were representatives from favelas and community More >
Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, 9am–Four years to the month after they discovered their community was a target for eviction in name of the 2016 Rio Olympics, a coalition of residents of Vila Autódromo walked to Riocentro, Rio’s convention center, to gain entry to negotiations Mayor Eduardo Paes was having with a subset of their neighbors, invited by letter to attend the closed-door meeting. Supported by city planners who helped them develop their Popular Plan, social movements and citizen media, residents stormed Riocentro and forced their way through three barred entry points to gain access. At least three residents and one activist were More >
Calls for FIFA-standard hospitals and public health care have been universal in the Brazilian protests and it is indeed imperative for improved health services to be among the central demands. More than any economic benchmark, it is health that serves best to indicate the prosperity and advances of a country. But to use ‘health’ as a catch-all term itself can be misleading. The political complexity of the health situation needs to be defined properly.
Universal Public Health
During the re-democratization process in Brazil, it was civil society, not government or any political party, that launched an initiative that advocated and successfully implemented a universal More >