18 Jan 2016

Rio Olympics: corruption, police brutality and forced evictions

From Nine To Noon, 9:08 am on 18 January 2016

In just 6 months Rio de Janiero will host the summer Olympics... amid an economy in freefall, a wide ranging corruption scandal and a president facing impeachment. And now community organisations in Rio are urging major reform of the way the Olympics are hosted - saying in their city it has lead to the destruction of entire communities, widespread police brutality and increased corruption

The Rio based NGO, Catalytic Communities works with people of Rio's Favela's or slums, and has grown so concerned by the impact of the Olympic games that it set up the group, Rio Olympics Neighbourhood Watch to report on issues such as forced evictions and police violence

Its Executive Director Theresa Williamson is a Rio based urban planner.

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