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In 1978 favela residents, liberation theologians and activists mobilized to successfully defend Vidigal against eviction attempts. Those protesting removal used ingenious methods of resistance. These included providing daily coffees to placate COMLURB (Rio’s waste collection company) workers, those employed to evict the protesters, recognizing that they, too, were poor and hungry. These garis (street sweepers) soon made it clear to the government that they wouldn’t remove any of the belongings of residents who wished to stay. Brazilianist Bryan McCann, author of the new book Hard Times in the Marvelous City: From Dictatorship to Democracy in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro, describes the efforts as 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 >
Favela removals and home demolitions have become controversial elements of urban investment in Rio de Janeiro leading up to the World Cup 2014 and 2016 Olympic Games. Activists in several favelas have spoken out about the lack of dialogue and consequences of losing homes during upgrading. In the latest 2013-2016 Strategic Plan of the City announced during his campaign for reelection, Rio’s Mayor Eduardo Paes called for both a 5% reduction of favelas and the elimination of residences in environmentally protected areas and risk areas. This agenda disproportionately affects favelas.
Now that foreign investment and tourists are flooding Rio, there is the risk More >
For the original by Artur Voltolini in Portuguese for Observatório de Favelas click here.
The Manuel Congo Occupation was the stage last Friday September 27 for the “Public Hearing: Evictions for Large Projects in the City of Rio de Janeiro.” Originally planned by City Councillor Renato Cinco (from the PSOL party), the hearing was cancelled by Council President Jorge Felippe (of the PMDB party) only 30 minutes before it was due to start. The alleged motive was the protest by striking teachers taking place in front of the City Council which, according to organizers, was an attempt to pit one movement against the More >
For the original in Portuguese on Canal iBase click here.
A heated debate took place at the Engineering Club last Friday July 19 over the Rio state government’s attempt to install a cable car in Rocinha. Amongst over 120 attendees were many Rocinha residents, who were protesting against the cable car, arguing that the priority for the community is basic sanitation. In terms of mobility, the architect Luiz Carlos Toledo stated that a funicular tram, planned in Rocinha’s first urbanization plan in 2007 is not only much cheaper, but also would not drain local business, as a cable car would.
Toledo tore apart the More >