Ocupa Vila Autódromo: supporting one favela's right to remain in the face of the Rio 2016 Olympics

Adam Talbot

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This paper will examine the support networks for the Vila Autódromo favela in their campaign to half removals of the community in the lead up to the 2016 Olympic Games. Residents and supporters collaborated to hold regular events in the community to highlight its continued existence and resistance. The NGO Catalytic Communities sough to publicise these events through its online news site RioOnWatch. Further, when demolitions of key buildings in the community were ordered by the City, activists led by the Comitê Popular da Copa e Olimpíadas occupied the favela in solidarity with the residents facing eviction. Catalytic Communities also facilitated access for international journalists who wished to report in the community, while residents were always welcoming and open to visiting journalists, leading to supportive coverage from much of the mainstream international press. The strength of opposition to removal and the publicity the campaign gained forced the Mayor to negotiate with residents to reach a comprimise for the community to remain. This paper draws on a year of ethnographic fieldwork in Brazil between September 2015 and September 2016. The initial findings presented in this paper will form the basis for my doctoral thesis on protest and resistance at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventSocial Movements and Protest: Future Challenges for Research and Practice - University of Brighton, Brighton, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Oct 201611 Oct 2016


ConferenceSocial Movements and Protest
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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