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Light Serviços de Eletricidade S.A. (Light) has long provided electricity–officially and unofficially–to Rio’s favelas. With the installation of Pacifying Police Units (UPPs) (the police occupation of a number of favelas over the past 5 years) Light began to regularize their services and deal with the historic problem of gatos, as clandestine connections of electricity are known in Rio. Yet increasingly, residents of UPP-occupied favelas complain of monthly bills rising inexplicably to abusive prices, a lack of public illumination, as well as blackouts and failures in the service. RioOnWatch has investigated cases of problems with Light’s electricity service in UPP-occupied favelas, finding worrying More >
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They clean the litter off the streets and sidewalks daily. They have the dirtiest and one of the least valued jobs in our society. Despite their fluorescent orange uniforms, they are invisible to the majority of people. They work up to 12 hours a day, for a monthly salary of R$800 (US$344), rushing around the city, always in a humble way. They live in the favelas, and the majority of them are black. Their labor union has been commanded by the same political group for decades. They make wage agreements More >
An initially peaceful protest held in Complexo de Alemão on the evening of Tuesday March 11, ended when police fired tear gas and gunshots. This escalated into an intense Military Police operation lasting several hours. The protest was organized by friends and family of two young people arrested on suspicion of involvement with the drug traffic.
The detainees, Kleyton da Rocha Afonso and Hallam Marcilio Gonçalves, were arrested the day before in an operation by Rio de Janeiro’s civil police to capture drug traffickers and suspects for the shooting and death of Pacifying Police Unit (UPP) officer Rodrigo de Souza Paes Leme on the More >
On Sunday February 22, some 20 activists gathered in Praça São Judas Tadeu, outside the bondinho (tram) station leading up to the Christ the Redeemer statue, in Rio’s leafy Cosme Velho neighborhood. Hailing from Cerro Corá, a favela just five minutes walk from this busy tourist spot, they wanted to combat the invisibility of Rio’s favelas and “show Cariocas and tourists what happens underneath Christ the Redeemer.”
The activists, members of Cerro Corá–Moradores em Movimento, highlighted a number of issues currently facing Rio’s favelas: home demolitions and evictions, failure of basic services such as water and electricity, and police violence against favela residents all More >
What was the value in all of the years Nelson Mandela served in prison to defend the end of South Africa’s apartheid? We are now called to revisit this question after an incident in a São Paulo shopping mall became the stage for the “rolezinho” controversy. This was nothing but a group of young people, most of them black, poor and from the urban periphery, that organized a simple excursion known as a rolezinho – literally “little stroll” – to the mall, via Facebook.