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Court injunction on home demolitions too late for Rio favela residents

On Wednesday, May 27, demolition crews began knocking down decades-old homes in Metro Favela, in the northern part of Rio de Janeiro. The demolition, ordered by local authorities, provoked protests by residents and area university students. While the protesters themselves could not stop the destruction, Rio’s court of justice issued an injunction on May 29, warning the authorities that continuing with the demolition would result in a fine of R$ 20,000 (USD $6,381) for every home destroyed.

The injunction came too late for many residents, who are now left with picking up the pieces and wondering how to rebuild their lives in the community.

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Andy Carvin

Andy Carvin

Andy Carvin is Editor-In-Chief and founder of He joined First Look Media in February 2014 after spending seven years running social media at NPR. An online community organizer since 1994, Andy has coordinating online communities on topics ranging from Internet policy to education to Hurricane Katrina. In 2001, he created SEPT11INFO, one of the very first online communities developed to respond to a breaking news event in real time.


While at NPR, Andy spent two years embedded within social media communities to cover the Arab Spring, for which he was nominated to TIME magazine’s annual TIME 100 list. He is a recipient of the Knight Batten Award, the Shorty Award for best journalist on Twitter, and co-recipient of the Peabody Award for his work with NPR’s online team. In 2012, he published the book Distant Witness: Social Media, The Arab Spring And A Journalism Revolution.

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