Casa Geração: Fashion School in Vidigal

Casa Geração: Fashion School in Vidigal

By Mary Bolling Blackiston, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Casa Geração, a fashion school in the favela community of Vidigal, is an NGO (non-profit organization) that gives young Cariocas from the area a unique opportunity to learn about fashion, express their creative side, and show off their talents to the world. The fashion […]

Brazilian Armed Forces in Complexo da Maré: Daily

Brazilian Armed Forces in Complexo da Maré: Daily

By Michela DellaMonica, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL — Continued efforts in pacifying the Complexo da Maré favela in the Zona Norte (North Zone) took place in the early morning hours Saturday, March 5th from Midnight – 9AM with the transition of the military police to the army. Sections of Avenida Brasil and Linha […]

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 […]

Complexo da Maré Favela Occupied in Rio: Daily

Complexo da Maré Favela Occupied in Rio: Daily

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – As the sun rose in Rio de Janeiro this morning, Sunday, March 30th, nearly one thousand Military Police special forces officers accompanied by armored Navy tanks entered Rio’s Complexo da Maré to occupy the region. The tanks entered the Complexo da Maré at approximately […]

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 […]

Vila Kennedy Favela Receives Rio’s 38th UPP: Daily

Vila Kennedy Favela Receives Rio’s 38th UPP: Daily

By Michela DellaMonica, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL — The community of Villa Kennedy in Rio’s Zona Oeste (West Zone) received the city’s 38th UPP (Police Pacification Unit) yesterday morning. The chief of operations of the military police of Rio de Janeiro, colonel Paulo Henrique Moraes, reported that around 6AM the favela was occupied […]

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 […]

Luxury Boutique Hostel Opens in Vidigal

Luxury Boutique Hostel Opens in Vidigal

By Joanna Hansford and Mary Bolling Blackiston, Contributing Reporters RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Following the pacification of some of Rio’s more fortunately located favela communities, a spike in speculation has driven some development higher than many would have thought possible just five years ago. With the recent opening of a new self-titled ‘boutique hostel’ […]

Providência Gondola Fails to Open in Rio

Providência Gondola Fails to Open in Rio

By Benjamin Parkin, Contributing Reporter RIO JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A new cable car that links Morro da Providência to Central do Brasil station and the Cidade do Samba is still yet to open, eight months after its completion in May 2013. The controversial project cost R$75 million and displaced many local families in its construction. […]

New Report Shows Crime on the Rise in Rio

New Report Shows Crime on the Rise in Rio

By Alfred Rinaldi, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – According to official statistics issued by the Instituto de Segurança Pública (Institute for Public Security), there were 3,501 intentional homicides in Rio de Janeiro state between January and September 2013 – up 14.9 percent compared to the same period last year. In Rio de Janeiro city, […]

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