Cultural Centre polemic for World Cup & Olympic Games
A group of Indians stationed on Indian Cultural Centre Maracana Village in rejection to the demolition of the building. The objective of this demolition is to produce different projects for the World Cup and the Olympics to be held in 2014 and 2016, respectively.
A battalion of Brazil police cordoned off on Sunday the Maracana Village Indian Cultural Center in the city of Rio de Janeiro, in order to evict a group of natives who occupied the premises of the place to avoid the demolition of the building. Reports made by Brazilian Networks tell the Indians felt outraged by the so called “projects” that the government is perusing to optimize future sports events.
The natives in protest, most of them from Indian reservations in the state of Rio de Janeiro, were stationed at the facilities in camps that were surrounded by police. This cultural center is in dispute with the native community today and was established in 1953 to represent the Indian culture of Brazil. A spokesman from the Indian community commented that the demolition of the Maracana Village Indian Cultural Center would be a big blow to the Indian community, as the Brazilian populace in general, being the place a historical building. In the 70′s the museum was transferred to other facilities, but in 2006 became Maracana Village Indian Cultural Center and a refuge for Indians arriving in River City.
Polemic arise when some of the construction workers were in fact in favor of the Indians. Many contractors ended up denouncing construction workers as they also tried to halt the demolition of the great building.
Given the situation, the natives are planning to do another rally on Monday scheduled demolition athletics stadium “Celio de Barros”.
Meanwhile, security agents expect the order of the authorities to undertake eviction from the site; however, local authorities are doing negotiations with the natives to avoid a violent outcome.