Protests After Eviction of Occupants from Oi Favela

Protests After Eviction of Occupants from Oi Favela

By Benjamin Parkin, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Former residents of the recently occupied area known as Favela da Telerj, or Oi Favela, continued protesting their eviction from the site last Friday. Around three hundred people have been camped outside Rio de Janeiro City Hall in Cidade Nova, Zona Norte (North Zone), demanding […]

New Favela Built on Unused Space in Rio de Janeiro

New Favela Built on Unused Space in Rio de Janeiro

By Benjamin Parkin, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A new favela is in the process of being constructed after a group invaded an unoccupied area owned by the telephone company Oi, in Engenho Novo, Zona Norte (North Zone). A reported 5,000 families have set up barracos (makeshift housing) in the buildings and the […]

Arrests Made After Occupation of Complexo da Maré in Rio

Arrests Made After Occupation of Complexo da Maré in Rio

By Benjamin Parkin, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – On Sunday morning, March 30th, police and armed forces began the occupation of the Complexo da Maré, a group of favelas in Rio’s Zona Norte (North Zone). State Governor Sérgio Cabral announced last week that the army would occupy Maré “indefinitely” until a UPP (Police […]

Army to Occupy Maré in Preparation for UPP

Army to Occupy Maré in Preparation for UPP

By Benjamin Parkin, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Governor of Rio de Janeiro, Sérgio Cabral, has announced that federal troops will occupy the Complexo da Maré, a complex of favelas in Rio’s Zona Norte (North Zone). They will be there for an indefinite period of time before a UPP (Police Pacifying Unit) […]

BOPE Reoccupy Favelas to Aid UPP in Zona Norte

BOPE Reoccupy Favelas to Aid UPP in Zona Norte

By Benjamin Parkin, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – On Saturday, officers from BOPE (Special Operations Battalion) reoccupied the Complexo do Alemão and Complexo da Penha in the Zona Norte (North Zone) of Rio, after the death of four UPP (Pacifying Police Unit) officers in the past month. Between 200 and 300 BOPE officers […]

Rio Police Deaths in 2014 Almost Equal to 2013

Rio Police Deaths in 2014 Almost Equal to 2013

By Benjamin Parkin, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Recent violence has left almost as many police officers dead this year as in the entire year of 2013. In the state of Rio de Janeiro, fifteen police officers have already died, compared to eighteen in 2013. The latest deaths were two UPP (Pacifying Police […]

World Cup Apartment Rentals Open in Tijuca

World Cup Apartment Rentals Open in Tijuca

By Benjamin Parkin, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Those looking for rental alternatives to the increasingly expensive Zona Sul (South Zone) during the World Cup may do well to check out Tijuca, in Rio’s Zona Norte (North Zone). It is a historic neighborhood with a rich culture, vibrant commercial activity and plenty of […]

Rio Trash Workers Stay on Strike Through Carnival

Rio Trash Workers Stay on Strike Through Carnival

By Benjamin Parkin, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Trash piled up throughout Rio de Janeiro this Carnival, as street sweepers from Comlurb (Municipal Urban Cleaning Company) went on strike. The strike was declared illegal on Saturday by the Justiça do Trabalho (Labor Court), and the street sweepers’ union, the Union of Employees of […]

Lei Seca Increases Action Across Rio for Carnival

Lei Seca Increases Action Across Rio for Carnival

By Benjamin Parkin, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Operação Lei Seca (Operation Dry Law) is stepping up its activities to prevent drunk driving during Carnival this year. Throughout the state of Rio de Janeiro 250 agents will be working daily, in both preventive acts and inspections such as blitzes, where police divert traffic […]

Porcão Churrascaria Faces Legal Difficulties

Porcão Churrascaria Faces Legal Difficulties

By Benjamin Parkin, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Churrasco (Brazilian barbeque) lovers will be alarmed to hear that Churrascaria Porcão, one of Rio’s most famous barbeque restaurant names, is going through tough times. Brasil Foodservices Group (BFG), controlling shareholders of the restaurant, are facing 38 lawsuits and being threatened with confiscation of the […]