Monthly Archives: April 2014

SÃO PAULO – Around 500 people took to the streets of São Paulo on Tuesday evening in the latest of a series of anti-World Cup protests under the Não Vai Ter Copa (There Won’t Be a World Cup) banner.

There were no major incidents, although three protesters were detained after being found in possession of knives. Military police and riot troops outnumbered protesters greatly.

See photos from the 6th World Cup protest in São Paulo

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SÃO PAULO – Preparations for the 2016 Summer Olympics in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro are the ‘worst’ ever seen, an International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice president said on Tuesday.

The majority of the Olympic events, which begin in August 2016, will be held at four sites around Rio, but construction of some of the venues has not yet started, the IOC said.

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SÃO PAULO – Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff, FC Barcelona and major sporting figures, including Brazilian forward Neymar, have lent their support to Brazilian footballer Dani Alves after a racist act at a match between Barcelona and Villarreal in Spain.

A spectator threw a banana at Alves during a Spanish Championship match, but the Barcelona defender, who also plays for the Brazilian national side, took onlookers aback by picking up the fruit and taking a bite in defiance.

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SÃO PAULO – A march through the streets of Brazil’s biggest city, São Paulo, reunited thousands of people calling for the legalisation of marijuana on Saturday.

Police said 3,000 people took part in the march, which was accompanied by only 120 police officers accompanied – far fewer that have been seen at the recent anti-World Cup protests, when police have regularly outnumbered protesters.

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SÃO PAULO – A former army colonel who recently gave evidence of his involvement in the torturing and killing of political adversaries during Brazil’s military dictatorship has been found dead at his Rio home, local media reported on Friday.

Paulo Malhães, 76, was discovered in his apartment in the Nova Iguaçu area, to the north of Rio de Janeiro. The local police homicide division say he was suffocated.

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RIO DE JANEIRO – The upmarket Copacabana neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro remained tense on Friday after more violent clashes broke out on Thursday night between police and protesters angered by the killing of local dancer Douglas Rafael da Silva Pereira.

Friday morning saw an increased military police presence in the world-famous tourist hotspot, set in Rio’s beach-lined South Zone, local residents told Anadolu Agency, particularly around the entrance to the Pavão-Pavãozinho favela (shantytown) community, which sits on a hillside overlooking Copacabana.

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SÃO PAULO – The Brazilian government will not force Internet companies, such as Google, Facebook and Twitter, to set up data storage centres in Brazil, the country’s president Dilma Rousseff said on Thursday, a day after signing the country’s groundbreaking Internet Bill into law.

A clause requiring that information about Brazilian Internet users be stored in local data centres in Brazil, subject to Brazilian law, was struck from the bill, the Marco Civil, to ensure it was passed after seven years of toing and froing in Congress.

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NATAL – Take it all in. It’s one of the most beautiful cities in Brazil’s northeast region.

I’m just here for a couple of days on a filming trip for the BBC, which has taken me to the far less glamorous North Zone of the city. Then I’ll head back to São Paulo and normal service shall resume.

Just thought I’d share these photos I took along the way:

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