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Brazilians Protest Forced Evictions on YouTube and in Mock World Cup

BY Jessica McKenzie | Friday, June 14 2013

Screenshot from a YouTube video about forced evictions

Tomorrow Brazilians who have been forced out of their housing in advance of the 2014 World Cup will stage their own “People's Cup” in Rio de Janeiro to draw awareness to forced evictions.

“While the world counts down to the 2014 World Cup, another story is being told in the People's Cup. Communities who were likely quite excited at first about their country hosting the ultimate football tournament, today are facing costs many of us cannot imagine,” said the executive director of WITNESS, a human rights organization.

The evictions have not been pretty. The Guardian covered the eviction of an indigenous community in March, which was accomplished – at 2:30am – with the use of batons, tear gas and pepper spray.

Those affected have also been posting videos on YouTube in which they describe their experiences:

In Rio, the government has already moved 19,220 families since 2009, but a watchdog group says the number of evicted residents is closer to 40,000, reports the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Residents of Vila Autodromo, located nearby the future Olympic village, are trying to prevent the construction of a highway from cutting across their village. They have submitted an alternative proposal so that they won't have to leave their homes. As a bonus, their plan is less costly, too.  

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