Squatters, police clash in Rio de Janeiro; 5,000 evicted
April 20, 2014
Squatters in Rio de Janeiro clashed with police last week after a Brazilian court ordered the eviction of nearly 5,000 people from buildings they had occupied.
More than 1,000 police officers arrived on Friday to move people out of the buildings and parking lot owned by the telecommunications company Oi. The move came amid preparations for the World Cup from June 12 to July 13.
Some squatter families left peacefully, but many others fought police with rocks and Molotov cocktails and set fire to parts of a building, four buses and a police cruiser, police said. The vehicles of local TV stations were also attacked.
Officers used tear gas, stun grenades and pepper spray to disperse the families.
"When the police arrived, some of them asked us to remain calm but others started pushing us around," squatter Drielo Almeida told TV Globo’s G1 internet news portal. "Now I am crying because I have nowhere to go to. I have no place to live."
Rodrigo Moreira said faced a choice of squatting or starving.
"With the money I earn I could either pay rent or eat. That is why I came here," he told G1.
Police spokesman Claudio Costa told the Globo TV network that the “eviction was successfully completed in three hours,” but that groups of people continued clashing with police in surrounding areas.
During the clash, five police officers, three children and four squatters were injured and taken to nearby hospitals where they were treated for bruises and smoke inhalation and discharged.
Costa said police detained more than 20 people, some for attacking police officers and others who tried to loot a supermarket and shops in nearby neighborhoods.
The O Globo newspaper said its reporter Bruno Amorim who was covering the eviction was taken into custody but released hours later.
Brazil correspondent Zoe Sullivan reported for Al Jazeera in January that 78 families’ homes in Camaragibe were appropriated by the municipal government to make way for an expanded urban transit hub set to serve international guests to the World Cup. Sustainable housing advocates around the globe have for decades blamed preparations for international sporting events for displacing locals, despite the promised — but often unrealized — economic benefits derived from injecting foreign capital into a local economy. China, by way of example, reportedly barred scores of Beijing residents from protesting land-grabs, and the resulting displacement, required to make way for new Olympic facilities.
The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be.
— (via psych-facts)
Dad: Why do you think they do that?
Girl: Because the companies who make these try to trick the girls into buying the pink stuff instead of stuff boys want to buy. [x]
that awkward moment when a child understands the harm of forcing gender roles better than most grown male politicians.
I’m surprised that I haven’t reblogged this, to be honest.
I love that last gif. She looks so frustrated. Like “Um, hello, obviously girls and boys can like anything why doesn’t anybody get that???”
She does have a point though..
Kids who are smarter than adults though.
i need this child
The best kiss is the one that has been exchanged a thousand times between the eyes before it reaches the lips.
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I want the part of you that you refuse to give to anyone.
— (via the-psycho-cutie)
someone tell terry to turn down it’s easter
she deleted her twitter what kind of Illuminati cover up
"It looks like her account has now been deleted or deactivated, even if she left the tweet up for over two hours and responded to followers saying "yeah, I was like whaaat and he said yes or no?" and "I just said um no I’m not your girl, bye ha." One of her final tweets said, "Beginning to wish I hadn’t posted that…it doesn’t matter who you are or the what the industry is, just be a decent human being.’" -COMPLEX.COM
this is so sketch
Nothing new here. Just men being disgusting as usual and not wanting to answer for it
It’s so gross how much influence he has in this industry tho. They straight covered that shit up.
no fuck terry richardson for real. models have been talking about this FOR YEARS. there have been countless accusations against him, many with pretty solid evidence, and people just ignore it and once again evidence hes as disgusting as we know he is and then bam its covered up. I wonder if this girl will even work again.
Harry Potter and the Year he thought it was Snape but it was Quirrel
Harry Potter and the Year he thought it was Draco but it was Ginny
Harry Potter and the Year he thought it was was Sirius but it was Wormtail
Harry Potter and the Year he thought it was Karkaroff but it was Moody/Crouch Jr
Harry Potter and the Year everyone knew it was that B*tch Umbridge
Harry Potter and the year it actually did turn out to be Snape
Harry Potter and the Year it turned out to be Harry all along
Better to be at the bottom of a ladder you want to climb than in the middle of some ladder you don’t, right?
— Dave Eggers, The Circle (via splitterherzen)
Shanesha Taylor was arrested on March 20th by the Scottsdale Police for leaving her children ages 2 and 6 months in her car while she interviewed for a job. Ms. Taylor was homeless and could not access any child care. Her desperation to provide for herself and her children and her lack of options led her to take drastic measures in search of employment. Ms. Taylor needs support & help rather than incarceration and a criminal record that will surely decrease her chances to provide for her children in the future. We ask that Maricopa County use common-sense and provide support for Ms. Taylor and her children rather than punishment.
Shanesha Taylor is still in jail pending a $9,000 bond.
Help drop the child abuse charges against Shanesha Taylor by signing this petition at change.org. Here’s the link: http://www.change.org/petitions/bill-montgomery-drop-the-child-abuse-charges-against-shanesha-taylor?recruiter=13739587&utm_campaign=twitter_link_action_box&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=share_petition