O BLOG DO FÓRUM POPULAR DA COPA 2014 EM MANAUS É UM ESPAÇO QUE VISA DIVULGAR AS NOSSAS ATIVIDADES E TAMBÉM, PARA RECEBER DENUNCIAS DE POSSÍVEIS IRREGULARIDADES QUE VENHAM ACONTECER, NO QUE DIZ RESPEITO A COPA DO MUNDO EM MANAUS.
The BLOG FORUM 2014 IN PEOPLE'S CUP Manaus is a space that aims to promote our activities and also to receive reports of possible irregularities THAT WILL HAPPEN, WITH REGARD TO THE WORLD CUP Manaus.
PROJETOS DA COPA 2014 EM MANAUS
quinta-feira, 12 de junho de 2014
WEB DOSSIER: WORLD CUP FOR WHOM? WORLD CUP FOR WHAT?
Hosting the FIFA World Cup focuses the world's attention on the host country and lends the promise of economic and social gains, all enveloped in a charged atmosphere of football emotion. But for the first time in history, a multitude of questions are being raised about the real meaning of an international mega-event for the host population. Reflecting on these issues and the much discussed question in Brazil of "Cup for whom?," the Heinrich Böll Foundation and invited journalists and specialists have put their analyses together in this dossier. News items, articles, maps, photos, and videos show how the actions of FIFA, governments, and sponsors are increasingly commercializing public spaces in Brazil, using the justification that Brazilians will reap future benefits for hosting the World Cup.
Some articles show that Brazil will host the most expensive World Cup of all time. Around 85 percent of the expenses will be funded with public money, which is in stark contrast to what former President Lula da Silva asserted when he promised that everything would be "footed" by private investors. The World Cup preparations have also affected the critical Brazilian housing issue. Many of the large projects linked to urban mobility remain unfinished and have resulted in the transfer of 200,000 people, according to data from Ancop (National Coordination of the Cup Popular Committees). The courts and the growing militarization of police units, which see protesting as a crime, are also documented in articles, in addition to essays that analyze the investments made in mega-events as being an essential part of the country's current development model.
This web dossier was designed for an international public, since it is already available online in German and Portuguese. The Brazil office of the Heinrich Böll Foundation believes that these analyses add relevant data regarding the guarantee of people's rights as well as offer reflections for those looking for critical perspectives about the realities on the ground.
According to the National Movement of the Popular Committees of the Cup 170,000 people are affected by evictions and lost their homes. Despite international standards for forced removals which are recognized in the Brazlian law, a majority of the affected will not be compensated adequately.
On the night of June 25, 2013, at least 1,000 residents of the Rocinha slum, south of Rio de Janeiro, gathered to protest. They demanded the completion of all the sanitation work in their neighbourhood, instead of an expensive transportation system for tourists.
Antonieta Rodriguês is a former resident of Campinho, a community located in Madureira, north of Rio de Janeiro City. The woman lost her home and is now engaging against the removals and the injustices arising from the construction works.
The burden for Brazil's costly stadiums is mainly carried by the habitants of the poorest neighborhoods, the favelas. That the habitants generally had little or no formal education and were insufficiently informed of their rights was exploited by the authorities.
One the most symbolic cases of Brazil's protest movements against relocation, was the resistance of Vila Autódromo. The historical fight of the community located in the west of Rio de Janeiro, enormously spread around the country.
In January 2011, Elisângela Sena, resident of Pavão-Pavãozinho hillside in Rio de Janeiro, had her house demolished. The mini documentary "We Are the Legacy: Elisângela’s Story," by Comitê Popular, shows another case of a mandatory transfer of a resident tied to the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games. With no financial compensation or resettlement payment, Elisângela lost her job and the possibility to live close to her daughter.
The animation "Look at how Brazil prepares for the Cup," from the North American NGO Witness, is part of a campaign against the mandatory transfer of communities and takes a critical look at how the governments and the entrepreneurs disrespect people's right to housing.
The Four Sisters, Brazils largest construction companies, are the big donors to political campaigns. And also they are the big winners, as a study showed: for every dollar donated the companies recieved 6.5 half dollars back in public works contracts.
One question that concerns many Brazilians is about the true cost of the 2014 World Cup. The data gathered by the NGO PACS shows where investment money for the World Cup comes from and where it is going. It proofs how companies profit from billions of public money.
Under the justification that a huge aquarium would increase tourism, more than US$126.8 million were spent on the Acquário Ceará in Fortaleza. A questionable project for a city in which 43 percent of the inhabitants don't even have a sewage disposal system.
The rural community of São Lourenço in Recife was chosen as the place for the construction of a stadium and a real estate mega-project named World Cup Village. Hundreds of families were transferred without any alternatives or financial compensation.
Even though Recife holds the most remote stadium built for the World Cup, thousands of people were evicted from their homes. Activist Rudrigo Rafael explains how the government ignores human rights and why development projects in Recife are killing jobs.
The video "No, I’m not going to the World Cup" by Carla Dauden, a 23-year-old Brazilian woman who lives in Los Angeles (California), is extremely popular on the internet, having received four million hits. The video questions the Cup's legacy, the excessive expenses on infrastructure, the mandatory population transfers, the substandard health system, and police brutality.
When the large demonstrations happened in June 2013, Carla uploaded a new video with the title: "Yes, you can still go to the World Cup – if...". In this second video, Carla continues her criticism while making numerous proposals on how to do better. She is conditioning going to Brazil with questions about the FIFA and the Brazilian government.
The Brazilian Congress and the authorities approved in the last five years numerous exceptions to important democratic rules to favor private interests. It is good that the Brazilian people defend themselves against it. Even to protect football.