Rio Olympics: consider from the favelas- ‘Tour hustlers consider favelas like zoos’ | Michel Silva

Published in Odd and Fun on 22nd September 2017
Rio Olympics: consider from the favelas- ‘Tour hustlers consider favelas like zoos’ | Michel Silva

In diary entries on life in Rocinha ahead of the Games, Michel Silva talks about his community fights with avalanches, paramilitary police and homophobia

2 December

A pregnant maiden has to be rescued from a avalanche in the Trampolim neighbourhood of Rocinha, after a thunderstorm hits local communities. Fortunately, there are no fatalities, though heavy rains have caused numerous deaths in the past. Storms are always a matter of concern because people erect lives on gradients where the ground is not stable. Building in the grove is supposed to be prohibited but everyone knows the authorities concerned wont do anything. Parties build in risky fields for numerous reasonableness. Sometimes, they want to be close to their families, sometimes because they want to live close to their place of work.

6 December

Tour hustlers consider favelas like zoos, but that is likely to result soon. A motion to reform the safari expeditions through favelas was tabled in the municipal government today by councillor Clio Lupparelli, who says site visits are arranged by fellowships from outside the favela who pays little heed to the cultural, historical and aesthetic aspects of local communities. Instead, sightseers exactly places great importance on humiliation, privation, savagery and privation and leave without any interaction with neighbourhood culture. Lupparelli wants the City Hall to develop training courses that espouse the community point of view. The legislation is expected to go to a vote in the first half of 2016.

8 December

Rocinha Park Library emcees a series of occurrences for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transexual week in the community, including any debates and other a screening of the movie Favela Gay. This event is important because there is a great deal of stereotyping of gay parties in the favela. There have been cases of whip, torture and shame. I envision a homosexual person who doesnt live in a favela has more opportunities than a lesbian person in a favela. For example, in the favelas gay people cant kiss or hold hands. They face a daily fight for existence. I think this has get better thanks to discussions on the internet, but we need more talk and to show greater respect for this part of our community.

12 December

The ever-contentious issue of land regularisation was discussed today by the residents associations of Laboriaux and Vila Cruzado, two Rocinha neighbourhoods that are threatened with eviction because of real-estate opinion. Both communities are close to the upmarket district of Gvea, where property appreciates are among the highest in the city. I am in favor of regularisation because it legitimises possession by these occupants, many of whom have lived in the slums for decades. With the purposes of this report, occupants have a guarantee that they cannot be removed by force. If the government wants to do some work on their district, then they have to negotiate and pay a respectable appreciate. Basically, what favela residents want are the same rights as the people on the asphalt[ who do not lives in the favela ].

13 December

Rocinha social networks were humming today with their home communities appeal to raise money for a family who lost everything in a fuel. The preys a mother, father and two very young children live in a flimsy hillside shack make use of wooden walls and a tin ceiling in Macega, one of the poorest neighbourhoods in the favela. The campaign of the attack is unknown, but it is suspected to be a short circuit. Numerous homes shortfall basic safety standards. It is one consequence of the extraordinary social inequality that is evident in Rocinha. It is usually the occasion that the community fills the crack left by social service. If we waited for the authorities, it would take too long because of the bureaucracy implied. It is easier to ask for a subscription here and a gift there until life gradually goes back to ordinary. Catholic and evangelical religions likewise make donations of clothing.

22 December

There is a lot of expertise in Rocinha that goes unrecognised and unpolished. Today, the community tried to rectify that with a meeting with senior officials from the ministry of culture. The authority surface said they would create projects that will help neighbourhood performers, but I think it will be hopeless. Legislator are always launching initiatives because it examinations good on their resum, but as soon as they leave office, the projects succumb. There is no continuity. Despite this, endowment from our favela still emerges from is high time to period. We are proud of Fabiano de Paula, a tennis player and resident who has risen to the 239 berth in the standing of the Association of Tennis Professionals, and Claudinho, a footballer who won the position championship at Ituano.

Then there is black actress Jssica Ellen, who has appeared in Tv drama on the Globo channel. In a recent magazine article, she observed, Im a punk who grew up in the favela. I am proof that the medium does not oblige the man.

25 December

Instead of Christmas cheer, there was suspicion in Rocinha today after a shootout between police and neighbourhoods that left one dead and six disabled. Jorge Arui, a 49 -year-old merchant, was killed on his room to the browses to buy eat. Neighbourhoods said the gunfight started after the police demanded that the music from a neighbourhood defendant be turned off. Rocinha is not the only favela to suffer violence on Christmas Day. In the City of God favela, another shooting left a child and a teen dead. Cases like this picture the pacification policy is spent. We need to demilitarise the paramilitary police and to have the government government take more social responsibility.

26 December

Officers from the special police gang( better known as BOPE) are accused of a crime in Rocinha. A 28 -year-old woman who was afraid to be publicly determined says she was assaulted on Christmas morning in the same alley where Arui was killed. Allegations like this help to explain why the police in Rio de Janeiro have lost credibility with the population.

2 January

The Mayor of Rio, Eduardo Paes, authorised an 11.7% rise in public transport menus from R $3.40( 65 p) to R $3.80( 72 p )~ ATAGEND. Bus operators say this is the minimum they need to break even. Beings dont approve, but there isnt much social mobilisation to try to stop it. As well as the increase, there was a redrawing of bus lines which means numerous residents now have to take two buses to get to work. Many beings complain on the internet a lot, but city revolutions do not happen with Facebook comments. Business persist sub-standard. In 2012, Paes predicted that all bus in Rio would have air conditioning by 2016 but this is still not the case.

4 January

The new police captain, Col Edison Duarte dos Santos Jnior, has promised an overhaul in favela pacification forces after diagnosing problems. There is a colour classification of the risk height in every community. Green is minimum, yellowed is moderate and red-faced is out of restrict. Rocinha is one of 38 the locations where the police pacification components have lost see. In the majority of countries, there has been violence in recent months. The increasing conflict are attributable to inadequate public policies for social development. The government endows heavily in public security, but not in education.

17 January

The state governor, Luiz Fernando Pezo, announced wednesday that water and waste serving in Rios favelas will be privatised. The government is preparing a public-private partnership program for hygiene in 25 communities that have Pacifying Police Units( UPPs ), including Rocinha, Vidigal, Heavenly city and the Complexo do Alemo. In all, they will invest R $600 m( 114 m) so that about 140,000 households will receive better services. Some residents may also be relocated from areas with poverty-stricken sanitation to other areas of the favela, but people are afraid that they might be moved to another part of the city. Most of specific populations reject the governors overture. The residents of Rios favelas have fought for basic sanitation for more than 50 years. Privatisation of these services is not the solution because the costs go up. The government didnt invest in public works for basic sanitation, and now the people who live on a minimum wage cant cover the costs of something that should be the responsibility of the government.

Life in Rocinha. Photo: Sanja Sparica/ Alamy

21 January

The corruption investigation known as Lava Jato( Car Wash )~ ATAGEND has reached Rios favelas. Federal police are trying to gather information about possible impostor in the dictation for public works in the favelas of Rocinha, Manguinhos and Complexo do Alemo that were funded by the governments growing acceleration programme after 2008. Investigators are looking at possible conspiracy between the companies that won contracts.

29 January

My sister Monique Silva witnessed a startling shooting and theft inside the Rebouas tunnel, which links the north and south areas of Rio. According to the military police, a motorbike was stolen and the main victims was shot twice in the limb. The incident justification panic. Drivers panicked it was a mass robbery and vacated their vehicles to run outside the tunnel. There is a frightening climate of horror in this city. Parties head off to piece each morning , not knowing if they will return home in the evening.

13 February

Amid flourishing panics about the Zika virus, the federal government declared a nationwide mobilisation today against the Aedes aegypti mosquito. The armed forces reportedly completed 220, 000 personnel on to the streets for this mission, but the matter of armed conflict in Rio were excluded to avoid possible crashes with trafficking gangs.

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