The latest row in the trouble stricken Maracano Stadium is between the holders of perpetual tickets and Rio officials, who want to negate these rights in order to hand over a ‘clean’ stadium to FIFA. Who in effect will have sole control of the stadium for the duration of the tournament. Perpetual Ticket Holders received the concession in 1950 in return for sponsorship and an annual subscription.
However the loss of stadium seats, seems of little consequence, when compared to the loss of homes belonging to thousands of families who have been forcibly evicted. The eviction orders come under the guise of infrastructure developments for the World Cup and the Olympics, or sometimes the reason given is for safety such as preventing land slides. More often than not it is a means to acquiring what has become valuable real estate for the gentrification of favelas.
With little chance to contest the eviction orders, families and their communities are uprooted and relocated to the edges of the city away from their work and away from services. Compensation rights are mired in bureaucracy and difficult to access.
This video captures the views of residents who have been relocated and highlights in particular the cost of travel into the city, which interestingly is an employer responsibility, but which often results in workers been sacked because of this increased cost.