Indigenous people of Brazil trying to prevent their eviction from an old indigenous museum which they have been living in for the past 7 years.
On March 22nd all of the inhabitants and their supporters were forcibly removed or arrested.
The building is being destroyed to make a parking lot :(
…for the Olympics
Seriously, why isn’t this all over my dash?
This story was all over the news a few weeks ago, so since people want this to be all over their dashes, let us talk about this for a second, shall we?
These Indians were living since 2006 in the Indian Museum, which was closed down in 1978. Recently, it was decided that the area, which is around the Maracanã stadium, one of the most important stadiums in Rio, is to be renovated in order to be able to receive the tourists and guests that are supposed to come to Rio during next year’s World Soccer Cup and 2016’s Olympics - the building will be transformed in a Olympic Museum and its open area will become three things: a parking lot, a commercial center and wider exit areas to the public.
The Indians were told that they had to leave so that the renovation could begin, but they refused. So their chief talked to the people responsible for the terrain, explaining that they were willing to leave, but trying to reach an agreement so they had somewhere else to go, but most of his tribe and protesters who also didn’t agree with the decision weren’t as calm and collected as he was. Protesters got into fights with the police who were trying to negotiate and control the turmoil that was beginning to form, and most of the Indians were refusing to leave the area, so finally, on march 22nd, the police forced them to leave. The policemen, in this case, were wrong - nobody knows why they invaded the place if the Indians were literally ten minutes away from leaving - but their actions were extremely repudiated and they’re now being investigated for using excessive force when the Indians and protesters were willing and almost ready to leave the place, but even so the Indians in the picture, who are seen taken into custody, were not arrested.
The Department of Social Welfare and Human Rights offered the Indians temporary housing in hostels and hotels until the Indigenous Reference Center - a wide space that is being renovated so it’s ideal for them to live in - is ready, which will happen in about a year from now. They were offered transportation, food, lodging, everything so they could live comfortably until the new space was ready - in fact, the place where the ones who decided to leave pacifically before the 22nd are staying in a temporary accommodation which has two bathrooms, two dormitories and a kitchen with a brand new fridge and a brand new stove, and the government has multiple plans to widen the space, and the other Indians who did not agree/like the places that were offered are currently having hearings so that they can conciliate with the government and find ideal places for their needs - but what everyone needs to understand is that they could not stay where they were because it was an area that did not belong to them in the first place.
Let’s look this in a different point of view: you own a house, and nobody lives in said house for a really long time. Finally, one day, you decide to sell the house’s terrain, but there is a group of people inside the house, living in it, that refuse to leave. You allowed them to stay in your house because, after all, you weren’t using it anyway, but you told them you were selling the house and that the new owner was planning on tearing it down to build something else in its place, but those people still refuse to leave. Would you wonder why this is not all over your dash then?
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Sources (in Portuguese):
21/03 - Indians make barricade to prevent eviction of former museum in Rio - Deadline for leaving the site was until 23:59 on Wednesday (20). Property in Maracanã will be renovated to house the Olympic Museum.
22/03 - Indians begin to vacate old Indian Museum in Rio de Janeiro - Police placed stairs so that the Indians could leave the old museum.
22/03 - Shock Battalion invades Indian Museum in Rio - Government obtained a court order to vacate the building.
22/03 - Manifestation against eviction of Indians closes avenue in central Rio - Students threw coconuts against policemen, who stroke back with pepper spray.
24/03 - Indians arrive in temporary accommodation in Jacarepagua in Rio - They will stay on site, in the West Zone of the city, for about a year.
24/03 - After occupation of museum in Rio, Indians attend hearing - Goal is to try reconciliation with the natives and the government. They do not accept local housing offered by the state government.