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The eviction last Friday, April 10, saw over 8,000 people forcibly removed from the disused Telerj (now known as Oi) site, with 21 people injured, 18 arrested and four unconfirmed dead. Reports suggest the 4.30am eviction was carried out with little respect for the residents: Military Police pushed residents down the stairs, used pepper spray and tear gas unnecessarily and did not allow families to collect their possessions. On Friday evening, 500 of those evicted settled in an open-air public space outside the City government building on Avenida Presidente Vargas, one of the principal avenues in the city’s downtown.
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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.”
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Click here for original Portuguese article by Alessandro Lo-Bianco in O Dia.
Since the Complexo do Alemão community was pacified in November of 2010, increased real estate values have caused sleepless nights for at least 417 families left homeless by higher rents. The increase has been greater than 100% in many cases. Residents of the Parque Novo allotment, these families have now occupied the premises of a church that will soon be expropriated by the state to make room for a new public housing development.
“There was no way we could stay. Rent used to be between R$100 and R$250, but now it’s between R$300 More >
Nine months after eviction by Rio’s city government, Carlos Machado Lopes and his family–his elderly mother (Jacy), brother (Edmilsom) and sister-in-law (Vanessa)–still do not have homes. Their home in Campinho was demolished without warning last May, and after dividing up a measly and delayed compensation among them, Carlos had to move in with a friend 30km away in Miguel Couto. He could only afford to buy a motorcycle and now works as a moto-taxi driver with his share of the compensation. Carlos’ ailing mother had to stay behind in Campinho in her daughter’s overcrowded and precarious house, while Carlos’ brother and More >
A community marked by solidarity between its residents, in Rio de Janeiro’s port area, is at risk of evictions of several of its residents. Living in this community has become a sort of family custom, meaning that parents pass their homes to their children and so on. It is a place full of character, attractions, and activities. It has almost everything! There is the traditional Brazilian Festa Junina (a party where the kids dress up as hillbillies), cruzeiro, catechism, pagode (a musical genre derived from samba), movies playing in the town square, soccer games, hide-and-seek, barbecues, and a magnificent view. More >