Fear hit me two days ago: Friends and relatives desperately called to warn me of deadly armed conflicts in Magé (my hometown). The “pacification” of Rio before the World Cup has increasingly meant the end of peace for us in Magé.
Rio’s preparations for the 2016 Olympics have been marked by human rights violations. Unfortunately, the sacrifice of the poorer for the progress of a city historically ruled by the rich is not new. But now, organized citizens have increasingly reacted. The Olympics have created a promising set of civil society alliances that may be re-shaping citizens’ involvement in Rio’s local politics.