Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics: Exclusion and Resistance

Foto: Isaumir Nascimento

Foto: Isaumir Nascimento

There were around 80 thousand people evicted from 33 communities in Rio de Janeiro, since 2009. Just in 2015, 644 people were killed  as a consequence of police operations, lots of them part of the militarization of favelas. Environmental negative impacts and land speculation increased in an accelerated level, as part of the result of the „Olympic city“. And the democratization of media turned to be a distant horizon.

To highlight these things behind the scene and the olympic atmosphere, several social movements have taken action since the city’s election to host the Olympic Games 2016. To reveal these violations during the period of the „olympic party“, a network of around 100 social movements called Rio 2016, Jogos da Exclusão (Exclusion Games), organized diverse activities to take place in different visible places of the city of Rio. They got together in the effort named Jornada de Lutas(Journey of Struggles), starting the actions on 1st of August  and running until the end of the Games. It is a result of a political struggle that has been documented (Here is the Mega-events and Human Rights Violations in Rio de Janeiro Dossier 2015 version).

Foto: Isaumir Nascimento

Foto: Isaumir Nascimento

Foto: Isaumir Nascimento

Foto: Isaumir Nascimento

In connection with Jogos da Exclusão, an event has taken place in Berlin on Thursday 18th of August  in the Nachbarschaftsakademie to highlight and discuss violations in the context of the Olympic Games Rio 2016, as well as the resistance performed by the social and grassroots movements in Rio de Janeiro and in other cities of the World. One of the noteworthy parts of the event was a roundtable with representatives from Brazil, Russia and Germany (names bellow) to talk about the resistance and the debate around the Olympics and other megaevents as capitalistic megaprojects. In addition we mention the Photo Exhibition called „Revelações Olímpicas“(Olympic Revelations) with the participation of professional photographers, residents from communities affected by evictions and amateurs that were awarded in the Photo Contest promoted by the World Cup and Olympics Popular Committee; artistic performances representing the Brazilian people resistance and the screening of a miniserie from a producer from Rio de Janeiro, also part of the program of the Exclusion Games. More information you find in the chart.

Foto: Camila Nobrega

Foto: Camila Nobrega

Foto: Camila Nobrega

Foto: Camila Nobrega

Contacts 

rio2016exolympics@gmail.com (Ana Alvarenga and Camila Nobrega)
Communication contact from Exclusion Games, in Rio de Janeiro: mario@global.org.br / https://www.facebook.com/jogosdaexclusao/?fref=ts

Event on Facebook

 

Event’s program
16h: Opening of the Photo Exhibition “Revelações Olímpicas” (Olympic Revelations)
Organization: Comitê Popular da Copa e Olimpíadas

16h30: Women in percussion – Roda de Coco (Brazilian traditional popular manifestation). With the participation of Taissa Mattos and Adriana Negrão – Grupo Zanzar RJ

17h: Self-managed activities: Bring your idea!

18h: Artistic performance – „Tembere“ part of the series „Growth of the Game“, Artist: Caitlin Fisher

18h15: Round table: Mega-events – Violations and Resistance in Brazil, Russia and Germany with:
Bárbara Santos (Artistic director of KURINGA – Space for Theater of the Oppressed in Berlin), Camila Nobrega (Intervozes collective, RJ and Freie-Universität Berlin), Maria Ustinova (Urban researcher,
„Olympia verhindern – in Berlin und überall!“ collective), Mediation by Ana Alvarenga (RedeCAU  – Carioca Network for Urban Agriculture, and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin).

19h30 Break for breathing: exchanging ideas

20h Artistic performance „Political Games in Brazil“ (KURINGA- Space for Theater of the Opressed in Berlin)

20h30 Screening of the miniserie “Contagem Regressiva” (Portuguese with English subtitles)
Production: Justiça Global and Couro de Rato
Script and Direction: Luis Carlos de Alencar

21h Open final discussion