New Video the Government of Rio de Janeiro Doesn’t Want You to See

Posted on December 14, 2011 by Priscila Néri

Roughly 170,000 people are either at risk, or have already been subjected to, forced evictions throughout the 12 Brazilian cities gearing up to host the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games.  The number – a new estimate by the national coalition of local groups monitoring the impact of these major sporting events – was released on December 10th (International Human Rights Day) in a new report on the human rights violations associated with these events in Brazil.

The report provides a powerful counterpoint to the official narrative often repeated by local authorities and decision-makers, many of whom like to say that “nobody is being removed by force” and that “no families are being resettled without proper compensation.”

If you follow our forced evictions campaign on this blog, you know that’s just not true.

The most powerful way to prove this, however, is to let those directly affected speak for themselves.

Watch what happened when our local partners in Rio tried to speak directly to Olympics organizers during a field visit on November 11th. And watch what unfolds as Antonieta, a 31-year-old single mother who was forcibly evicted from her community in May, confronts the group to personally deliver a letter and video-dossier on forced evictions in Rio (click here if you want to see the video in English):

I first met Antonieta during a 3-day fact-finding mission led by Brazilian human rights groups in May. Then, I got the chance to know her better as we spent one week together in our Rio video advocacy training in July (see her at 1:20min of this video). Since then, we’ve been working with her and many other allies in Brazil to ensure her story is not silenced, denied or ignored.

As this week’s new report shows, Antonieta is just one of many thousands that need to be heard.

What you can do

While we wait for an official response from Olympic organizers in Brazil and Switzerland, you can add your voice to the campaign and join us in demanding no more evictions for Olympics in Rio and World Cup in Brazil.  You can:

  • Share these videos with bloggers and members of the media.
  • Leave your comments of support in the fields below.
  • Support the local coalition of groups working with affected communities on the ground to monitor evictions.

On Twitter? Help us tweet the International Olympic Committee @IOCMedia, local Olympics organizers in Rio @Rio2016, and the mayor of Rio @eduardopaes_ and ask them to respond to our call!  Here are some suggested tweets just under the 140-character limit…

English:

@IOCMedia you must condemn #ForcedEvictions conducted in the name of the @Rio2016 #Olympics: http://tiny.cc/NoEvictions #Brazil #HumanRights

@IOCMedia @Rio2016: respond to @Amnesty @witnessorg +@ComitPopularCop letter on #ForcedEvictions in Rio #Olympics http://tiny.cc/NoEvictions

Português:

@eduardopaes_ @Rio2016 precisam responder às denúncias de #RemoçõesForçadas no Rio para as #Olimpíadas de 2016 http://tiny.cc/RemocoesZero

@eduardopaes_ diz que #RemoçõesForçadas estão dentro da lei no Rio; vídeos provam o contrário: http://tiny.cc/VideosRemocoes #Olimpíadas

Be Sociable, Share!

What Others Are Saying

  1. Pingback: NYTimes Reports on Forced Evictions in Rio, But Serious Questions Remain : Video For Change

  2. Priscila Néri December 23, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Olá Carlos – obrigada pelo comentário – já que não há muita chance dos eventos não acontecerem, a luta é justamente essa: de garantir que tudo que está sendo investido e criado realmente beneficie a população local depois que os eventos acabarem. É o tal legado que as autoridades tanto propagandeiam – eles até criaram um “legadômetro” para medir o impacto de cada projeto, só que as pessoas que participam do grupo que dá a nota do legadômetro são todas ligadas às obras e à Prefeitura, o que não deixa muito espaço para perspectivas críticas ou distintas. Uma líder comunitária sempre me diz: não somos contra a Copa e Olimpíadas, apenas exigimos ser incluídos nos benefícios e “legados” dos mesmos… do jeito que as coisas estão indo agora, comunidades já excluídas estão sendo ainda mais excluídas, empurradas para mais longe, tiradas de vista (vide o muro bloqueando a vista para a Maré, por exemplo)…. mas a luta continua e há muitas comunidades, ativistas e defensores de direitos humanos que estão se unindo, nós estamos juntos!

  3. Carlos December 22, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Se adiantasse alguma coisa, o povo devia boicotar. Não consigo ver nada de bom que os enormes gastos com as olimpíadas e, principalmente, com a copa, vão trazer pro Brasil. No final, acho que vão sobrar centenas de milhões em dívidas e espaços não utilizados por que as prefeituras não vão ter como manter o alto padrão das construções, resultando em vários elefantes brancos espalhados por lá. Por isso quando os americanos me perguntam onde eles poderiam ficar alojados nesses dois eventos, eu digo: Vai pra Europa. Vai estar vazio e você não vai correr o risco de ser roubado.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Switch to our mobile site