Posts tagged South Zone
Many thousands of Rio residents packed the beaches of South Zone last Wednesday November 20, Black Awareness Day and a public holiday in Rio state. However, some sunbathers who squeezed onto the sand to enjoy the scorching temperatures were victims of a series of robberies as opportunistic thieves took advantage of the dense holiday crowds. Municipal guards armed with batons confronted and apprehended several youngsters, and the military police made 12 arrests.
On Sunday November 10, 2013, residents of Vidigal came together for a day-long celebration of local culture. Organized by Vidigal CriAtivos, a local artist collective, the Cultural Fair included organizations´ stands about ongoing projects while samba and capoeira groups provided entertainment in the center of the square. Later on, musicians, dancers, actors and DJs performed on stage well into the evening with community members of all ages able to participate throughout the day. The first event of its kind, organizers are considering making the Cultural Fair a monthly festival to further unite Vidigal residents.
The event is part of a series of More >
The first Quilombo Alert meeting, held by the Justice Forum and AQUILERJ (the Quilombo Association of Rio de Janeiro), took place on October 25 at the Sacopã Quilombo.
The Sacopã Quilombo is in the affluent Lagoa neighborhood and is made up of eight families descended from slaves who have lived on a 2.4-hectare site surrounded by native forest for over 100 years.
The quilombo has views of Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon and the Christ the Redeemer statue and used to have a traditional samba and feijoada (pork and bean stew) get-together, only for it to be banned through a court injunction after complaints by 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 >
On Sunday October 6, members of Vila Laboriaux joined together in a day-long celebration of their community’s vitality and to look to the future. Perched at the top of Rocinha, the largest favela in Rio de Janeiro, Vila Laboriaux has been fighting eviction threats from the government for over three years. Since then, community members have been working tirelessly to resist removal and recently succeeded in August, after Mayor Eduardo Paes announced that the state would begin investing in infrastructure for Vila Laboriaux, instead of removal.