Dispute Highlights Interest in Vidigal Property

By Andrew Willis, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A conflict between expatriates over land ownership in Rio's Vidigal favela community is headed for the courts, after residents at the Casa Alto Vidigal guesthouse were reportedly locked out last month. The dispute underlines recent investor interest in the pacified favelas of Rio, especially in Vidigal.

Guesthouse founder Andreas Wielend was visiting his native home in Austria when, on September 6th, German investor Rolf Glaser reportedly turned up at the building and evicted its residents. All the furniture and possessions were thrown out, and putting new locks on the doors . . .

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