Attacks on the Favela communities are currently taking place under the excuse of city development for the forthcoming football and games events.
Land grabs, by any other name, they are usually commercially driven and have been taking place since the very first favela, Morro da Providência, was established over a hundred years ago.
Sadly even this community steeped in history and culture and once recognised for its heritage is under attack on two fronts as commercial interests seek to remove almost a third of the homes and their families, but the community is fighting back!
It’s a shame that development for’ The Games’ and ‘Tourism’ can not benefit the communities. Surely there is a successful format learned from other countries that could be utilised. Likewise, there are unsuccessful formats (for communities) that Rio might learn from and avoid.