Brazil: FIFA forces evictions for World Cup parking lot, police brutality rages
January 9, 2014
A dozen houses in the Mangueira slums of Rio de Janeiro have been demolished, and residents have been removed at gun point by the government of Brazil in order to build a parking lot for the upcoming World Cup.
People who were living in these homes were targeted by militarized riot cops, sent in by the government to push them into the streets. They were not even allowed to gather their personal belongings.
Impoverished residents were forcefully evicted in large numbers by the government: the riot cops even threatened to kill children in their mothers’ arms.
This video shows even more brutality: cops teargassing women for simply passing by; riot cops repeatedly attacking locals, throwing teargas grenades into their homes or aiming straight at them, and terrorizing and bullying defenseless people on the streets.
Faced with another episode of brutal oppression in the name of the World Cup and FIFA (an organisation which has kept silent about crimes, and racist/social abuses committed by the government of Brazil), activists from Rio de Janeiro organised to help people in the slums resist the governments violent gentrification attack.
BRAZIL, Rio de Janeiro : Rio de Janeiro’s state military policemen aim their guns during a violent protest in a favela next to Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro on April 22, 2014. Violent protests broke out in Rio’s landmark beachfront district, Copacabana, following the death of a resident last weekend during clashes with the Army in a nearby favela. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON
Do you know exactly what is happening here?
Watch it and you’ll understand: http://youtu.be/AIBYEXLGdSg
This video shows the police attacking innocent people that were screaming “no violence”: http://youtu.be/ifXTX-HDb0o
The police shoots and throws bombs at innocent people that are fighting for their rights. Our own government steal our money, meanwhile people are dying in the hospitals for lack of doctors and for lack of structure. There’re thousands and thousands of kids that don’t have a school to go. The public transport is terrible and expensive. But instead of fix it all, our government spent billions and billions and billions reais building stadiums for the World Cup.
We can’t stand it anymore! So, please, support us! Help us to change this sad and frustrating reality that we, brazilians, are living!
SAO PAULO — Protesters on Friday promised more organized action across Brazil in the days to come, following clashes in which police in Sao Paulo set upon thousands of young demonstrators angered by hikes in bus and subway fares.
Newspapers carried photos of bloodied protesters and journalists with battered, swollen faces, a young couple being beaten by police and videos of tear gas canisters and rubber bullets being fired into crowds chanting “no violence!” Protesters set fire to garbage bags piled in streets, broke windows and spray-painted graffiti on buildings and buses.
Protest organizers said more than 100 demonstrators were injured. Police would only say that 12 officers were hurt and that more than 230 people were detained and later released in the Thursday night demonstrations in Sao Paulo.