- ROAR Magazine
- February 4, 2018
From police killings to forced evictions and environmental destruction; the Olympic Games in Rio are cause for an alphabet soup of misery and suffering.
A is for Anti-terrorism laws that were implemented prior to the Games. This means that political protest against the Olympics (and protest more generally) can be classified as an act of terrorism.
B is for Barra da Tijuca, which has been developed into a city of the noble elite with no space for the poor by real estate tycoon Carlos Carvalho.
C is for Corruption, with an inquiry in Rio investigating construction contracts for the Games, particularly the metro line extension.
D is for the Drugged-up athletes who will be competing in the Games, particularly from Russia, where allegations of state-sponsored doping nearly led to the country being banned from the Games.
E is for Education cuts, which have massively affected students in Rio with around 75 schools occupied in protest at underfunding, while Olympic budgets balloon.
F is for the Fiscal emergency that the State of Rio triggered in order to ensure the Olympics would be delivered — while healthcare, education and other public services are eroded.
G is for Guanabara Bay, which will host sailing events, despite being full of crap. Literally.
H is for Health cuts, which mean that Rio will be officially in a healthcare emergency during the Games. In December 2015 hospitals were forced to close their doors due to insufficient funds.
I is for the Impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff, as a result of which the Olympics will be opened by a man who is seen by many in Brazil as poorly disguised coup leader.
J is for the Jacarepaguá lagoon, once a source of commerce for nearby fishing communities, but now heavily polluted by development, including the main Olympic park.
K is for police Killings in Rio. Since the city won the right to host the Games, some 2,500 people have been killed by police violence — accounting for around 16% of all homicides in the city, including children as young as ten.
L is for Line 4 of the metro, which has had its opening date repeatedly delayed, and now faces a race against the clock to be operational in time to carry spectators to events.
M is for Morar Carioca, the city’s program to upgrade favelas, which hasn’t been implemented — it has been promised to residents around election time as a means of gaining support, but has since been withdrawn.
N is for a Nature reserve that has been utterly destroyed in order to build a new golf course for the Games, despite Rio already having golf courses.
O is for Operation Lava Jato, the nationwide corruption probe, which continues to tear through Brazil’s elite causing political and economic instability.
P is for Pacification of Rio’s favelas, which, while successful in some places, has been disastrous in others. Some favelas are likely to be occupied by the army during the Games.
Q is for Quilombos (communities started by escaped slaves), which have lost their legal rights. The Olympic journalists’ village has been built on a slave burial site in one Quilombo.
R is for the Removals that have blighted preparations, with over 22,000 families evicted since Rio won the right to host the Games, 4,000 of which were directly caused by the Games.
S is for the Stigma with which people view favela communities, which continues to inform policymaking, leading to issues such as gentrification and police violence not being addressed.
T is for Tokyo, host of the next summer Olympics, which is already experiencing its share of these issues — this isn’t just a problem with Rio and its not going away.
U is for Urban mobility, which has been eroded for the majority of Rio’s population despite investment in transport infrastructure.
V is for Vila Autódromo, a favela next to the Olympic park which has suffered from intense evictions and a climate of “psychological warfare” by the City.
W is for the Wasteland where Favela do Metro stood before it was cleared for the World Cup — still nothing has been done with the land.
X is for X-rated tourism, with spectators coming to Rio to have sex, which may involve child prostitutes as it did during Brazil’s World Cup in 2014.
Y is for Young people who live on the streets who are being bussed out of the city for the Olympics, despite the IOC’s insistence that it values youth.
Z is for Zika, which may spread with the travelers who come for the Games, leading to a global healthcare catastrophe.
In the run-up to the Rio Olympics people have been forced from their homes and killed in the streets, while the environment has been permanently damaged.
by Adam Talbot
Big bucks are to be made in hosting the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro — not least by repressing all voices of dissent.
by Jason O’Hara
A decade of mega-events is unrecognizably transforming Brazil’s urban landscape, with the poor excluded and the benefits reaped unequivocally by the rich.
by Christopher Gaffney
Source URL — https://roarmag.org/2016/07/26/c-is-for-corruption-rio-olympics-from-a-to-z/