Articles written by Comitê Popular do Rio:
Land in Recreio was not utilized after evictions took place there in 2011 to make way for construction of the Transoeste BRT line.
The experience of families who have been resettled in the housing estates of the Minha Casa Minha Vida (federal housing) program is not encouraging for residents who may face the same fate. The most common challenges concern the distance between home and work, transportation quality, access to public services, and the quality of the new apartments.
“The BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) forces us to summon the courage to confront people we don’t know. More >
The community in the path of the TransOlímpica BRT was to be urbanized by City government
On Saturday, February 1, members of the Popular Committee on the World Cup and Olympics were in Vila União de Curicica, a community in the West Zone of Rio de Janeiro [see map]. At least 700 families had had their homes marked and were being threatened with removal for the purposes of constructing the TransOlímpica Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line, connecting Barra da Tijuca with Deodoro. Should that plan materialize, More >
For the original in Portuguese by the Rio Popular Committee for the World Cup and Olympics click here.
A protest of about 20 people on the doorstep of Rio’s City Hall on Wednesday October 30 showed that the city government knows no limits in its attempt to legitimize the removal of residents from Vila Autódromo. The few present said they represented 150 families that want to leave the community. However, that same night, yet another community assembly was held among residents who continue to fight against removal. The Residents’ Commission has already collected 198 signatures of families who want stay in 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 >
For original post in Portuguese on Comitê Popular do Rio click here.
After Rio’s City government asked Google to reduce the presence of favelas on the map of Rio de Janeiro, the word “favela” was practically eliminated from the map, replaced by “morro,” or hill. Some communities simply vanished. The image above compares an area of Rio Comprido in 2011 and 2013.
The virtual removals are part of the city’s plans to make poverty and the poor invisible, in the virtual realm as well as in the real world, with forced evictions.