Evictions in Rio for 2016 Olympics Trigger Violent Clashes

Rio de Janeiro’s preparations for next year’s Olympic Games were marred on Wednesday by a bloody confrontation between police and residents who resisted attempts to forcibly remove them from their homes near the stadium construction site. At least six people were wounded in the face-off at Vila Autódromo, a favela community on the edge of the Olympic Park. About 90% of the 600 residents have already moved after being offered financial compensation, but the remaining holdouts are adamant that they do not want to give up their homes of many years for a mega-event that last little longer than a fortnight. Wednesday’s clashes were the first attempt to forcibly relocate them, following a decree in March by Mayor Eduardo Paes that called for their urgent removal so the Olympic host city can complete its preparations on time.



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