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Standing in the door to her home in the heart of Indiana, a small low-lying favela at the foot of Morro do Borel in Tijuca, North Zone, 82 year old Dona Maria Alves dos Santos explains that the threat of eviction is nothing new to her. She says, “Ever since I came here they’ve said [the community] is going to be removed, but it’s never happened.” A resident of Indiana since the community’s beginnings 50 years ago, she tells of how she expanded her neatly kept house over the years and raised her eight children and grandchildren in the favela. “I More >
The injunction that froze the Morar Carioca construction projects in Providência (the site of an intense battle over forced evictions on the site of Rio’s first, and most historic, favela) was contested by the Mayor’s office of Rio de Janeiro at the beginning of this year. The city appealed to a higher court to overturn the injunction and resume its projects, including evictions in the community.
On August 28th, the 6th Civil Chamber considered the appeals that froze Morar Carioca works in Providência:
Case number 0001542-97.2013.8.19.0000: The plaintiff is the municipality of Rio de Janeiro; the respondent is the Public Defender’s Office of the More >
It is a chorus heard from favela activists across the city, louder in these recent weeks of protest, but it still rings with a special weight coming from the Vila Autódromo Residents’ Association, having gained international recognition for its creative and committed battle against eviction: “We built our community. We have the right to be here. We will stay!”
Vila Autódromo residents and allies organized a march from the community through the surrounding area on Saturday July 20th to express solidarity for the community’s land battle and that of all favelas who struggle for their constitutional housing rights, as well as to More >
For the original by Guiliander Carpes in Portuguese on Terra click here.
The pacification of favelas in Rio de Janeiro’s South Zone has brought greater security to previously dangerous areas. And in the wake of this step forward, prices have increased on these hillsides. Real estate speculation and threats of removal are now obliging (or luring) residents who have roots in the communities to find a new place to live.
When services such as banks, electric utilities and cable TV entered the favela, many people began to feel compelled to leave – because they don’t have enough money to stay or want to make a More >
At around 11am on Wednesday May 15th, Maria de Conceição, 57, was taking a shower in her wood and corrugated iron home in the Bandeira 1 favela in Del Castilho, North Zone, when she heard her grandchildren screaming “fire!”
“I thought it was a game of theirs, but when I saw my granddaughter with her arms full of documents… I panicked, threw on some clothes and got out,” she recalls, standing in front of the scorched remains of the 180 affected homes. ”The fire was so fast, so fast. The only thing we managed to save were our documents.”
No one knows how More >