Posts tagged World Cup
On Tuesday morning, December 3rd, the Municipal Legislative Chamber filled with approximately one hundred people–favela residents, public defenders, professors, and human rights advocates–eager to participate in the public hearing on “Removals for Large Projects in the City of Rio de Janeiro” after the previous hearing in September had been cancelled 30 minutes prior to start time. In one fiery speech after another, participants recounted an illegal and arbitrary process of removals, and expressed dissatisfaction with the lack of representation from the Mayor’s office and the rest of City Council. In spite of this, the event carried symbolic importance, as activists took the More >
This post is a contribution to Blog Action Day 2013 in which bloggers around the world reflect on this year’s theme, Human Rights.
Over the last few years there have been many protests and social movements under the ‘Right to the city’ slogan, from residents of public housing projects in New Orleans wishing to reclaim their old neighborhoods to Berliners fighting against the demolition of the last remaining part of the Berlin wall in order to build luxury apartments, or in Rio de Janeiro, the struggles of residents resisting eviction in the lead up to next year’s World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. These issues are all More >
PUBLIC STATEMENT: Meeting between the Popular Committee on the World Cup and Olympics and Mayor Eduardo Paes
For the original article by the Popular Committee in Portuguese click here.
This Thursday morning (August 8, 2013), the Popular Committee on the World Cup and Olympics participated in a meeting with Rio de Janeiro’s Mayor, requested by the Mayor himself. Following three years’ discussion about the impacts of mega-events on the City, the Committee presented points that reflect the large number of issues it has come to monitor. The meeting finished with some commitments from the Mayor, such as: to once again declare the Célio de Barros Athletic Stadium and the Júlio Delamare Aquatic Park national heritage sites; to declare More >
On Tuesday evening, June 25th, in a climate of ongoing demonstrations across Rio de Janeiro–where both incidents of police brutality and acts of vandalism have been widely reported–the murmur among some residents of Rio’s elite South Zone neighborhoods was that Rocinha was going to “descend on the South Zone.”
There was heavy police presence in front of the Sheraton Hotel and Governor Sérgio Cabral’s apartment in Leblon prior to the demonstration, which was organized by residents of Rocinha and Vidigal. And yet, the protest of around 2,000 people remained peaceful and festive throughout, with no incidences of vandalism or police repression. “I think More >
On Thursday night, June 20, at least 300,000 Cariocas (Rio residents) filled Avenida Presidente Vargas and walked from Candelária to the Prefeitura (the city government building), while at least 700,000 other Brazilians across the country demonstrated on the streets of 75 different cities. Put another way, roughly one in every 200 Brazilians came to the streets to express their indignation.
The protests, which continue to grow and spread across Brazil, have long ceased being about a 20 cent bus fare rise. As 23-year-old student Rodnei Pascoal, a resident of Taquara, said, “I think it was time for the people to demonstrate against More >