A couple of months ago the Beeb ran a story,
Rio’s favelas to accommodate visitors to 2016 Olympics, as part of a program of pacification,
While you might think that some people are seemingly prepared to risk life and limb in order to grab a bargain, since a government policy called “pacification” was introduced in 2008 there are now two very different types of favela in the city.
Under pacification, soldiers and marines supported by tanks and helicopter gunships are continuing to go into favelas to drive out the gangs, seize control, and bring law and order.
And it is in these pacified favelas where guesthouses and bed and breakfast (B&B) properties are springing up, particularly in the shanty towns near to Copacabana and Rio’s other most famous beach – Ipanema.
Unfortunately there’s the problem of the “unpacified” favelas in Rio, as a hapless couple found out when their GPS made a mistake:
Pensioner shot dead after following phone app through Brazil favela. Regina Murmura and her husband had been trying to get to the beach when they accidentally turned into the gang-controlled Caramujo favela
Police told local media the couple had been using navigation app Waze to reach the seafront street of Avenida Quintino Bocaiúva in the south of Niteroi.
But the directions took them to Rua Quintino Bocaiúva inside the favela in the north of the bay city, where they came under fire from drug traffickers.
Tragic as the story is, I am more concerned with what the authorities plan for after the Olympics: Will they vacate the pacified areas, thereby bringing a new dimension to the term Potemkin village?