Caught between the coexisting worlds of widespread, abject poverty, and a robust and growing economy, the questions surrounding just how Rio de Janeiro will handle its deep rooted domestic challenges in time to host the 2016 Olympics are many. Fault Lines is a great investigative journalism show produced by Al Jazeera English that regularly explores stories that have been neglected by mainstream news, and its here that I’ve found an episode focused on Rio’s rush to clean up its Favelas in time to host the upcoming Olympics.
An explosion of joy on the streets of Rio greeted the announcement that the city would be hosting the 2016 Olympic games. Two weeks later, and Rio saw an explosion of violence when a police helicopter was shot down by drug traffickers. The governments reaction has been to intensify the crackdown on the citys slums or Favelas. A Human Rights Watch report last month accused Rio and Sao Paolo police of killing over 11,000 people since 2003. Many, the report claims, were executed by the police, shot at point blank range. Many were innocent. And on many occasions, the police tried to cover up the evidence. This week, Fault Lines travels to Rio to look at the crackdown in Rios Favelas, and what it means for the people of the city.Vodpod videos no longer available. Vodpod videos no longer available.