Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Squatters v. the Olympics

The N.Y. Times chronicles a property battle emerging in Brazil.  Residents of the favelas are resisting government attempts to take their property to build the infrastructure and stadiums necessary to host the 2016 Olympic Games:

“These events were supposed to celebrate Brazil’s accomplishments, but the opposite is happening,” said Christopher Gaffney, a professor at Rio’s Fluminense Federal University. “We’re seeing an insidious pattern of trampling on the rights of the poor and cost overruns that are a nightmare.”

Steve Clowney

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