Uncertainty for Rio stadium’s indigenous squatters – San Francisco Chronicle


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Uncertainty for Rio stadium’s indigenous squatters
San Francisco Chronicle
(03-22) 19:19 PDT RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) — As Rio prepares to host the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, all eyes are turning to the gray and blue walls of the storied Maracana stadium.
Maracana, built for the 1950 World Cup, will be the keystone of the city’s upcoming sporting events, hosting the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics and the final match of World Cup.The squatters don’t fit into the state’s plans for the neighborhood’s makeover.The group living next to the stadium’s wall includes men and women of about 10 ethnicities — mostly Guarani, Pataxo, Kaingangue and Guajajara. They live in 10 homes they built on the site of Rio’s old Indian Museum, which has been abandoned since 1977..

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