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OLYMPICS-RIO/EVICTIONS
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August 04, 2016
In an unfinished church in the shadow of the Olympic village in Rio de Janeiro, a small group of Brazilians...
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
2016 Rio Olympics: Destruction and rebuilding in Vila Autodromo
In an unfinished church in the shadow of the Olympic village in Rio de Janeiro, a small group of Brazilians held hands and gave thanks for a bittersweet victory in a long battle against eviction from their homes. With scaffolding covering a mural behind the altar, a priest led a dozen residents of the once-thriving Vila Autodromo fishing community in a prayer for the aid workers who had supported their struggle to remain. For most, the victory is bittersweet. Their quiet community among the trees, once home to 600 families, has been bulldozed to make way for a car park and access roads to the Olympic park. In its place, two neat rows of identical whitewashed houses stare at each other across a newly tarred road, home to the 20 families who resisted pressure from authorities to accept compensation or relocation to nearby tower blocks. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes SEARCH "VILA AUTODROMO" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY Matching text: OLYMPICS-RIO/EVICTIONS
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