Brazil’s Government Is Evicting People And Tearing Down Homes In Preparation For The Olympics And World Cup
You may have heard about the dozens of indigenous people being evicted from an abandoned native museum just a weeks ago. The museum area was originally planned to become a parking lot for the stadium, but after the protests Rio authorities decided to build a sports museum on the site.
Unfortunately, the violent evictions didn’t end their. In Rio de Janeiro, entire families are being kicked out their houses and watch as their homes are destroyed.
“We’ve been living here for 30 years and now we have nowhere to go”, says Maria Estele, whose family is being evicted from their home. Behind the grand plans for stadiums, tourist attractions and new transport links lie whole communities being forcefully removed, often with less than 24 hours notice. “They call us invaders. We are workers of this city and we should have land rights”, says Altair Guimaraes, who has mobilised mass support with fellow residents.
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