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

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.

Comments (100)

  1. But still its on YouTube. They actually want us to see

  2. exact same thing happened in vancouver

  3. Its like when you sweep the floor and your put it under the rug. ;-;

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

  5. What Rio's GOVERNMENT doesnt want the world to see

  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. In conclusion : The Olympics and The World Cup drive Rio De Janeiros economy

  9. Scams of Olympic

  10. Maybe this stuff wouldn't happen if people quit watching and/or going to the Olympics

  11. 3:10 thats not true

  12. “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.

  13. Jadi inget jala item buat nutup kali….hehehe

  14. Thank god they didn't conduct snow games in RIO else those favelas will be vanished

  15. As Asian, never visit brazil ever ever ever

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. Similar thing happened before seoul 1988. F capitalism

  19. Freedom from the rich comes only from armed insurrection

  20. Bracist is a dark side name of this country

  21. 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.

  22. This is what happens in capitalist countries.

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

  24. The moment when they get busted!!!

  25. Personal experience : Correct your mistakes , its better than hiding them .

  26. 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

  27. 5:33 and the Olympics are proud about this!

  28. 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.

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

  30. Is rios politicians are kids , they don't know anything about humanity ?

  31. Th stuff rich people will do to get their way…

  32. Who got this 3 years later after the olympics in their recommendation

  33. India did this too

  34. Reo: trying to censor the poor houses

    Vox: Im going to stop you right there!?✋

  35. Philippines has the worst goverment in the world

  36. 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.

  37. 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

  38. it's like when people know you are poor but you still trying to wear branded-clothes

  39. Illegal settlements

  40. 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.

  41. Not housing for the poor…

    Shut em down boiz!

  42. ?✋Help poor
    ??Hide them

  43. 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.

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

  45. Brazil isn't a good place to live anyway.

  46. 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.

  47. 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.

  48. Great video but R pronounced like H? ?

  49. Lol philippines is doing the same for the 2019 SEA games.

  50. Sounds a bit like apartheid to me…

  51. Brazilian people be like:?

    After watching the video:?

  52. When your girlfriend says she’s coming over to you’re house

  53. can you make one for 2020

  54. these stuff are also happens in my country Cambodia. I hope u can discover them too.❤️

  55. rio – the gayest place on earth

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

  57. And people complain about living in america

  58. The Rio government should be evicted from the earth

  59. Oh thus why plague inc keeps saying about the Rio Olympics

  60. well they clearly failed didnt they

  61. Inequality/ only for the elite/ no proper facilities… OMG

  62. So Basicly Rio Is Corrupt

  63. It's so sad that as a Brazilian, I didn't know the situation was that bad. They hide everything from everybody…

  64. an effect for an instant and a cause of a lifetime to others…
    benefits for a few and a chaos for many

  65. The Olympics really need to end

  66. So the government breaks down those houses with people living in it, tell them to move. And when they build it and uses it, it gets abandoned and doesn't have any much more use to it.

  67. Hi I'm from Brazil and this is true

  68. I really wish Brazil would get it the f together. They could be the USA of South America if they stopped being so corrupt and invest in infrastructure (sewers, schools, clean water) for every part of the city and giving subsidies to rebuild the favelas with actual city planning (streets, parks, etc) and a making the houses nice and modern. Rio could be the New York of Brazil… instead it seems like it will always be a mess. A haven of crime, disease, poverty, and death. I know the Brazilian people could do it… it's their governments crimes holding them back. The US wasnt always perfect so maybe as their democracy ages it will get better. I'm not gonna hold my breath though ☹

  69. unironically, almost all of south america is like brasils favelas. take Comas, over in peru. it is absolutely the state of the favelas and almost nothing is being done.
    South America, we gotta get our stuff together, least we can hope.

  70. i think there should be understanding between the government and the poor. the government owning up to the existence of the poor, not covering them up, and offering them great areas where they could rebuild their lives. the poor, trusting the decision of the government because this urban planning is for the betterment of the country, atleast this concern was brought up when the community was not yet massive in size. i wish that every person in a country that struggles with urban planning believes that everyone should be treated well because this will be how the country will flourish but that would be hard and would almost always end up in violence, a sad truth that the world is facing.

  71. This one nearly happens also in Manila when they hosted APEC Summit, they tried to barricade a couple of bridge in a city (Parañaque) going to venues from airport ore vice versa to hide the informal settlers, but the city mayor refuses to do it and said it "why we hide them they're also part of the city and why we should be ashamed of all cities from around the world have this" and now they don't need to hide the informal settlers because they have now formal homes

  72. If they can afford this give money/food to the poor/homeless


  74. You should actually help the small comunities near the bigger cities because then tourists could go there, and see the decade old houses and hear the peoples stories. Adding a small barrier to the side of the highway for actual sound proofing is okay. It's not okay to use such walls for blocking everything on the other side off. One could agree with me, right?

  75. That’s real hood

  76. Why are they saying White washing? They're brown washing ….

  77. Ahhh socialism the rich stay rich and the poor get poorer

  78. Just push Rio people and they will fight back and your not going like what the people will do and eventually the people will win at a high price.

  79. Wait did i saw a helicopter's shadow or a drone's shadow, hmm…

  80. That’s a shame Brazil smh y’all wrong lol serious issue

  81. In Portuguese the r's are pronounced rrrrr not hh Portuguese is the language from Portugal

  82. seeing what its now looking like, i feel so bad for the people who actually live in rio. And how their government lets them down so much

  83. 2:09 vox did a good job trying to get insider opinion on the topic

  84. Thats… cruel. Hope these people have a better future.

  85. as always money talks and this will never change. sad but facts.

  86. Are this the place where they filmed the fast and furious 5 chase scene? wow

  87. My mom is from Brazil she kept on forcing us to believe that Brazil is the best country in the world. But luckily I've been there before when I was 9 and noticed the poverty, beaches and brigadeiro aside.

  88. Developers go out from favelas☺

  89. And now the Amazonia fires. We’re not going to last for long

  90. VOXXX Please investigate something from Indonesiaa

  91. It's looks like Social Climber activities.

  92. Greed, selfish self interest, lack of empathy, corruption, & ignorance will be the end of all of us :o(

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