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For the original in Portuguese by the Rio Popular Committee for the World Cup and Olympics click here.
A protest of about 20 people on the doorstep of Rio’s City Hall on Wednesday October 30 showed that the city government knows no limits in its attempt to legitimize the removal of residents from Vila Autódromo. The few present said they represented 150 families that want to leave the community. However, that same night, yet another community assembly was held among residents who continue to fight against removal. The Residents’ Commission has already collected 198 signatures of families who want stay in More >
“We are here today because the Prefeitura (City government) is putting psychological pressure [on the residents of Vila Autódromo],” explained Lucia Cerqueira, a representative of the Catholic Church community organizing group Pastoral de Favelas in Jacarepaguá. The Pastoral and others from a network that includes public defenders, housing rights organizations and journalists, responded to an urgent request on Monday, March 4th to mobilize in light of the “battalion” of city employees who have been ceaselessly going door-to-door attempting to convince residents to sign up for the “Parque Carioca” resettlement housing currently under construction.
Yesterday morning, Tuesday March 13th, a demolition crew contracted by the Rio de Janeiro State government arrived at the Beira Rio community in Manguinhos in Rio’s North Zone to demolish vacated houses as part of an eviction process that has been underway for four years now. Arriving unannounced without warning residents still living in adjacent houses, cutting off the electricity supply and proceeding to bulldoze recently vacated houses without necessary official documentation, the crew’s activity was eventually halted around 3pm when residents, supported by the media presence of several journalists, called on the UPP police officers to investigate the legality of More >
Monday, Feb. 25, 2013–Residents of Largo do Tanque undergo forced evictions and demolition of homes in Rio de Janeiro’s West Zone, to make room for the Transcarioca highway and BRT, whose final trajectory is still unknown to the public. In under 2 weeks, 54 houses were demolished and hundreds of residents left to fend for themselves. Sledgehammers and bulldozers brought homes down as neighbors who hadn’t yet settled with the authorities looked on. The City assessor sent to handle negotiations told residents not to speak with one another or seek legal advice otherwise he would reduce settlement offers. The psychological pressure was More >
For original article in Justiça Global in Portuguese click here.
2012 was a relatively calm (election) year in terms of evictions in Rio de Janeiro. But it didn’t take long for the city’s tractors to get rolling again. The reports by international human rights organizations, major world newspapers, and the UN’s recommendations against forced eviction don’t seem to have intimidated city authorities, who are using the Olympic Games to carry out any and every urban intervention, arbitrarily and without respect for the affected residents. In Largo do Tanque, in Jacarepaguá, the city began marking houses the week before Carnaval, and by February 22 More >