2016 Olympics: What Rio doesn’t want the world to see


When you leave the International Airport
of Rio de Janeiro and head towards the south of the city which is where all the
beaches are, you pass a sprawling informal settlement called Maré. it’s one of hundreds of neglected shanty
towns like this in Rio. It goes on for miles. But when you pass
by there today all you see is this wall. Look at this map of Rio: Here’s the part that you probably know.
It’s the South Zone it’s where all the iconic beaches are. Maré is in Rio’s
North Zone which is where most of the city’s poor live. They don’t have sewage systems they
don’t have housing rights they don’t have anything, but you know the city is
really concerned about how loud the cars are because they’re worried about you
know the ears of the poor people that don’t have food in their stomachs. The city just install the big new schoolin this community a few months ago. You’ll note that when we get to this
part of the highway, the wall becomes totally transparent,
giving us a perfect view of the shiny new school Every time international attention comes to Rio, the
city scrambles to build up infrastructure around tourism for
visitors to see that it’s this amazing city The problem is the visitors will come
and they go, but the people of Rio are here to stay, and they’re frustrated that their governments spends
so much money to build up certain parts of the city and completely neglects
others. The Olympics is no different in this
case. In fact it’s probably the biggest excuse Rio has to pour tons of money
into making the city look good. This is Patricia. She rides the buses
here in Rio and has noticed a major change in the bus routes recently. Patricia is showing me a few examples of the 11 bus
lines that were cut between the poor North zone and the touristy rich South
Zone, all in preparation for the Olympics. It’s now much harder for a resident of
the North Zone to get down to the beaches of Ipanema or Copacabana. So why put the bus lines? If discriminatory bus lines are bad here’s where it gets worse. So back to this
map: out here in the west is a place called Barra (Baha) R’s are pronounced like H
in Portuguese. This is a new part of the city where a lot of the Olympics action
is happening. It’s where the Olympic park is going to be built. And because of
this it’s home to what one real estate publication is calling a “cosmopolitan
awakening.” Tons of real estate investment. And of course a bunch of dramatic
promotional videos to go with it. there’s this one guy in Carlos Carvalho. He’s
a real estate developer and owns 64 million square feet in Barra. Last year
in a series of interviews with big publications, Carvalho sketched out his
dream for Barra. His goal is to turn this place into a
“new Rio” a city for the “elite … of good taste noble housing not housing for the poor.” This guy’s that 12 richest person in
Brazil and he’s got a ton of political influence to make his dream happen. Here
he is with Rios mayor who’s reelection campaign he generously donated to. They’re
just, you know, looking over plans for how they’re going to reshape Barra. But there’s one big problem for people
like Carlos carvalho and his dream to make Barra a haven for the rich. If you’re
interested in land value, the less poor people you who have in your land the greater value can give to it. They
think of the city as a place for you to invest and not a place to live in. Over the years little settlements of a
few hundred families have popped up in Barra. It’s usually workers unable to find
affordable housing and creating communities of their own. These places
have been around for decades and many of them have gained legal status for their
property. But to the luxury-minded developers of this new part of town, these informal settlements represent a
barrier to their plan. So when the Olympic park was planned for
this area of Rio it wasn’t much of a surprise when the
city came in with eminent domain eviction orders, telling these
communities that they would be moved to public housing complexes usually far out
of sight of any international visitors. Most communities left, some happily
taking the money that the city gave them, some mounted intense but failed
resistance. But I visited one community that didn’t give up on the fight to keep
their homes. Vila Autódromo was a community of around 600
families near where the olympic park is being built. it’s not on the actual park property but
it’s in the sight of the park. This is what it looks like today. People
chose to go there because there was no drug trafficking or militia. It was very
safe very– a good sense of community. close to jobs and schools. It’s hard to know that when you just
visit the community, but you kind of get a sense of that by seeing the people
who are still resisting, because they’re holding on to that memory and
they want to keep some of that alive. After years of fighting with the city
hall, only 20 families of the original six
hundred remain in this community. Fierce protesting in a flurry of international
press got the mayor to finally concede, saying that the twenty families could
stay, on condition that the city would build them nicer-looking homes, lest, heaven forbid, the international
community catch a glimpse of the real Rio. Through the long fight, some of Vila Autódromo was able to stay. But this is rare. Most
communities that receive eviction orders no longer exists. At least seventy seven
thousand two hundred people have been removed from their homes in Rio de
Janeiro since 2009. That’s according to government data. And
much of this to make way for infrastructure and real estate projects
associated with the World Cup and the Olympic Games. So it’s kind of a shame because the
Olympics end up coming in and kind of whitewashing areas and reframing them you lose a
lot of the personality of the city. of course there have been numerous benefits
to the people of Rio thanks to the Olympics investments: New
bus lines, revitalization of all parts of the city, museums, parks. This stuff will make life
better in the city for sure. But in the end Billions of public dollars that were
supposed to benefit the people ended up bowing to the interests of a few people
with a lot of money. And instead of investing in the underserved Rio will once again hide them from view.

100 thoughts on “2016 Olympics: What Rio doesn’t want the world to see

  1. I’m from Brazil and I personally thank you on my end for putting this out there, this video represents that other side of Brazil it’s not all beaches and sunshine and hot weather , and these neglected people struggle to survive , they’re all malnourished and something needs to be done to end this.

  2. bruh he says that "the reason they built the wall is because they are worried about the ears of the people that are starving" fakest bs ever

  3. se o pt tivesse ganho as eleiçoes
    só Deus sabe onde o que iria acontecer com o brasil
    com mais 4 anos de devastação .
    o proprio hadadd colocou em seu plano de governo que iria restringir fortemente
    a comunicaçao na internet
    somente isso ja dá uma previa do aconteceria .

  4. This isn’t a problem with just Rio, it’s the entirety of Brasil.
    Edit: Excuse me she just said black people were the heart of the poor, that is immensely false Brasil is extremely diverse and you will now find a correlation b/w the rich being white and poor being black.

  5. TBH. India and Brazil looks the same but india is better bcoz they don't hide their poverty and improved it..

  6. I dont understand why they us the term "Whitewashing" there is nothing there that involves white people. The world doesnt care what color you are. As long as you have money the country will favor you. Not just because you're white

  7. I thought this kind of “saving face” act only happen in dictatorship countries with no freedom and democracy. How come?

  8. “R”s are pronounced like “H” in Portuguese ? That’s incorrect. Maybe “RR”. Just because we don’t over pronounce it like in Spanish doesn’t mean it’s not there.
    Good video overall though.

  9. Indonesia did this, they covered the polluted river with nets, painting the steeet, they tried to hide it rather than clean it, cause the smells remains the same

  10. Wow. This is happening everywhere it seems. In Casablanca, the largest city in Morocco has malls, famous brands in every street, luxurious cars everywhere, 3 story villas, but once you leave the city you see a huge slum. To fix this, the government just moved all of them to another slum despite not having permission from all of them just so they could build 2 McDonalds for Casas exit.

  11. Been to brazil multiple times, every little thing was beautiful except the corrupted government. Years have passed amd the victims who still suffer need more attention. Love and support from Korea and US.

  12. Many other countries got this problem too, not only in Rio, because of what? Because the need of FAST MONEY

  13. I think looks of the country is not important the most important thing in an country is the people so I think Brazil's government is bad
    I admit that our government on philippines is bad too

  14. harsh steps were taken but still cities need to be clean and sanitized mostly slum people don't accepts authorities and often cause rebels, still they don't deserve this.

  15. send all those poor people to newyork. our democrats will fill them in buildings here and drive away rest of business ppl from city.

  16. I'm on a trip in Turkey and it has a similar problem.
    The western side is rich because of Istanbul and the eastern side is poor because of lack of money.
    Erdoğan only focuses on Istanbul and it isn't even the capital of Turkey.
    Ankara is the capital of Turkey and Erdoğan doesn't treat it like one.
    A city named Mardin is poor, because Erdoğan doesn't invest anything in it.
    It's so sad because you can see the difference once you go to the eastern side.
    The roads are poorly made, the houses are broken and the people there don't have enough money.

  17. If only a rich person say to Brazil I like these feelings these rugged places give, all of this issue will be solved. Just some sewers and sanitation, but the rest, untouched

  18. I wouldnt call these “poor looking” i actually love places like these. Their lives are so simplistic and their homes bring a taste of vintage refinery to the rio. I think it wouldve been better if it stayed.

  19. Since I was 16, now 23, it was always my dream to travel or live in Brazil. I didn't know how fuckd up their government are.

  20. Censoring the unadulterated truth and imposing rampant spending on inane infrastructure creating cultural sanctions.
    Sound familiar?

  21. that is really sad, it is not about what those rich people want to do, making it "nicer" by covering it up, i bet rich tourist come by and don't even notice and think it is a rich city, this is just so sad that those people would wanna kick people out of homes for Olympic Games, that are already over and the parks are just abandoned.

  22. And if you study Rio's history you will actually find out that the reason why those communities exist is actually the elite… They were the ones that kicked out the more poor people such as soldiers and others of the city's center to begin a project to make Rio the Paris of Brazil. It all happened when the Portuguese were still here.

  23. Well Rio is the country that’s in the closet and never comes out on what poor people are

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