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Rio de Janeiro: Where Sports Means More Than The Humans That Reside There.

Updated on November 8, 2014
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Greg has always loved sports with baseball being his favorite. He often writes about sport related subjects. He values any opinions too.

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Many will not hear about the human rights violations that are happening as I write this hub unless we, the people, make it known.

In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, there are people being forced from their homes and having their way of life completely destroyed.

Let me ask you.

You live in a $70,000 house and one day the Government comes and tells you to make a decision. The choices are in the following poll....

Your Choices

Government forces tell you they are going to need to destroy your $70,000 house. You have the choice to:

See results

The Exact Brazilian Way

Yes, the above poll showed you your only choices.

This is what is happening with people in certain areas of Rio as we speak.

For Several Years Now

Brazil's Government wants the world to think they are the best. In preparation for the World Cup of Soccer and the Olympic Games, they have been building. Great, but when you "steal" other people's homes to build your sports buildings, parking lots, and other infrastructure to support the onslaught of fans, there is a problem.

There are people who paid big money for a simple home, and the government will only give them just over $3,000, or move them to an area many miles away in an apartment complex.

Many would say, "Why not take that?"

If your employment is in the city, and you have no transportation other than public transportation, how will they work? Jobs are few and far between where the government is trying to put them.

Human rights have been violated, but will anyone step in? Is soccer and the olympics more important than human living conditions?


Some of the residents who have been forced to evacuate have started protesting. Tear gas and violence has been used by the Brazilian Policia to force a stop to the protests.

The United Nations has condemned the Brazilian government. It will take more than that though. That is why I am writing this. If we all stand together in defense of the Brazilian people who are being stepped on, maybe the Government will dig deeper and provide the value for the homes that they deserve.

Both of these events are going to bring in major amounts of money to Brazil. Take care of your people Brazil.


I will cover the other side of this equation.

There have been squatters in some of these areas too. In many cases, these are people who are heavy into drug dealing and such. They do not belong in the places they inhabited that were abandoned by previous owners.

I can understand the government forcing squatters out of something that isn't theirs.

The problem with this whole mess is: the government started too late. They are hurting hard working people as they are getting the bad factions.

There needs to be a process developed in which homeowners show their deeds, and the government gives them fair market value for their home. For those who do not have a deed, they do need to move on and find other squatting places.

The biggest thing in all of this is the children. Whether they are children of full-fledged homeowners or children of squatters, they do not deserve to be put through this nightmare.

Help the children Brazil--Help your people!

The Olympics and the World Cup Ain't That Important....Your People Are!

Brazil's President


© 2014 Greg Boudonck


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    • Froggy213 profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Boudonck 

      5 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Thank you Bill. Hopefully the Government awakens quickly.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Madness and corruption...not a good combination no matter where you live. Thanks for raising awareness about this, Greg.


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