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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 >
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 Guilherme Junior and Rosilene Milotti in Portuguese on Viva Favela click here.
Viva Favela correspondents Guilherme Junior and Rosilene Milotti watched the São Clemente Grêmio Recreativo Samba School (GRES) parade last Sunday, on the theme “favela.” Read what they had to say about the show!
By Guilherme Junior
“Poor… but rich in emotion/ Free… but a slave to passion/ Favela… I will frame you in watercolor/ Beautiful on this catwalk.” São Clemente chose to respresent the favela with words of exaltation, in a parade that was full of humor and homage to the More >
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 >