Posts tagged World Cup
On Thursday morning, April 11th, approximately 400 protesters representing various social and political movements marched from Largo do Machado to the Palácio Guanabara in Laranjeiras to demonstrate against the privatization of Rio’s historic Maracanã stadium. Inside the Palace, envelopes were being opened to determine which companies would be able to compete in the bidding process to administer the Maracanã complex for the next 35 years.
“Today is the day the carioca (Rio native) population takes to the streets and says ‘enough!’…These mega-events, the World Cup and the Olympics cannot violate the rights of the city of Rio de Janeiro! [They] cannot violate More >
Last Saturday, March 15th, a few hundred spirited citizens gathered in unity to protest the wave of privatization that is accompanying Rio’s preparations for next year’s World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games, in a march from Praça Saens Peña in Tijuca to the Maracanã stadium.
The event, named ‘The City is Ours!,’ was organized by the Popular Committee for the World Cup and Olympics, an organization created to chronicle and redress the violence, abuses and illegalities in the run-up to the events. As the band began playing, brightly-colored facepaint, stickers, t-shirts and pamphlets circulated, journalists interviewed and took notes, and banners with More >
Click here for original article in Portuguese, published on Blog da Raquel Rolnik, Special Rapporteur to the UN on Adequate Housing. Rolnik introduces the essay below, writing, “This morning we were taken aback by news of the violent eviction of Aldeia Maracanã, which occupied the former Indigenous Museum, located in the vicinity of the Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Below is a text on the incident by Professor Fernanda Sánchez, from the Fluminense Federal University (UFF).”
Is this how we make a World Cup?
By Fernanda Sánchez*
For original post by community journalist Léo Lima in Portuguese on Favela em Foco, click here.
Last Saturday afternoon, March 9th, people mobilized around the issues of housing and the Right to the City met for a symbolic “Hug the Quilombo das Guerreiras (Women Warriors’ Quilombo)” event at 49 Francisco Bicalho Street, Santo Cristo, in the Port region of Rio de Janeiro. Throughout the afternoon and evening, there were musical, photographic, and video presentations plus delicious soups prepared by residents and drinks and barbequed meat on sale to raise money.
Among the musical attractions of the day were DJ Castro, El Efecto, Repper Fiel, PH Lima, Banda More >
Yesterday morning, Tuesday March 13th, a demolition crew contracted by the Rio de Janeiro State government arrived at the Beira Rio community in Manguinhos in Rio’s North Zone to demolish vacated houses as part of an eviction process that has been underway for four years now. Arriving unannounced without warning residents still living in adjacent houses, cutting off the electricity supply and proceeding to bulldoze recently vacated houses without necessary official documentation, the crew’s activity was eventually halted around 3pm when residents, supported by the media presence of several journalists, called on the UPP police officers to investigate the legality of More >