Articles written by Felicity Clarke:
On Sunday March 30, Military Police forces officially occupied Complexo da Maré, Rio’s largest favela complex with 16 communities and over 130,000 residents. According to Google News the event was reported over 270 times in the international press, with agency reports published widely by media outlets all over the world. AFP’s coverage, published by by Al Jazeera, Yahoo!, Australia’s news.com.au, China Post and many more, reads: “The swiftly conducted dawn operation was the latest attempt to drive drug gangs out of the notorious Maré shanty town, a haven for organized crime and one of the city’s most dangerous places.” The report describes the police operation, More >
Standing in the door to her home in the heart of Indiana, a small low-lying favela at the foot of Morro do Borel in Tijuca, North Zone, 82 year old Dona Maria Alves dos Santos explains that the threat of eviction is nothing new to her. She says, “Ever since I came here they’ve said [the community] is going to be removed, but it’s never happened.” A resident of Indiana since the community’s beginnings 50 years ago, she tells of how she expanded her neatly kept house over the years and raised her eight children and grandchildren in the favela. “I More >
In a week of extreme violence in the city of Rio de Janeiro, a series of incidents have caused shockwaves across social media, shining a harsh light on the grave security situation and social and racial inequalities in the city and provoking intense debate as citizens seek a safer Rio.
Violent Clashes in UPP Communities
Last Friday morning, January 31, 33 year-old machine operator, Edilson Rodrigues da Silva Cardoso, stepped out to smoke a cigarette in front of his home in Rocinha and was shot in the chest and died as a shootout ensued between police and drug gangs in the Pacifying Police More >
Early Tuesday morning, January 8, representatives from the City arrived unannounced at Favela do Metrô-Mangueira to demolish homes, causing panic and despair amongst the hundreds of people currently living in the locale. Around twelve homes were demolished, some with the occupants’ belongings still inside.
Outraged, local residents held a demonstration on the main road in the afternoon and evening, closing Rua Radial Oeste, the main road which passes Metrô-Mangueira and the nearby Maracanã stadium, for several hours. Violence broke out between police and protesters, with police firing rubber bullets, pepper spray, tear gas and flash bombs and some protesters throwing More >
Last Wednesday December 11, heavy rains devastated large parts of Rio de Janeiro’s urban metropolitan region as rivers overflowed, areas flooded completely and landslides occurred on some hillsides. It’s estimated that at least four people died and around 6,000 people have lost their home and belongings. The worst affected areas are located in Rio’s North Zone and, just further north and outside city limits, the Baixada Fluminense, lower-income regions where the historic absence of the state has been felt in the relief effort as community organizations have mobilized to support those affected, while criticisms of uncoordinated, contradictory and culpable government action More >