Bom Dia Everyone!
Since there was a holiday yesterday Thursday we can expect Rio to be quite full of tourists while many Cariocas have left to spend their weekend somewhere else.
The topic I want to bring up today is one I have been thinking about a lot and want to get off my chest, a sensitive one but those still have to be discussed. There has been a lot of talks lately of the horrors of how the murders and violence against black people in Rio have gone up dramatically, this part I find very disturbing indeed; however, it is the angle that these statistics are used that I find very strange since the focus is on the wrong problem. It has been discussed how this prejudice against people with African origin has to stop like that was the reason for the rise. Isn’t it really like this? The crime rates in Rio have gone up a lot the last two years, black people are because of social stratification much more involved in crime and therefore also subject to more of this violence; there is also the obvious fact that many of the areas that see this violence have a large black population (hence stray bullets etc.) When the horrible occurs, innocent people of African origin get involved it is more a problem of collateral damage from social differences, very hard to get around this with words. What do I want? I want people to realize that UPP never could be more than a remedy for illness, the real challenge has completely failed namely offering proper schooling and structure for this part of the population. If anyone of you has been to a public school here you quickly realize that it is not an environment that many get an education they can build upon. Blue cops patrolling to keep the peace is nice, a deeper social reformation is the solution. Yes, it is horrible with prejudiced crime and it should be debated, you also must demand a proper school. Drug traffic is also something that has to be dealt with to solve this since it is a really bad influence, again you better forget about the BOPE running in to kill some very replaceable lower criminals, instead make sure to stop the cocaine at the borders and try to figure out how it gets into the country in the first place.
No games this week.
The buses that normally would run on Rua Visconde de Pirajá are temporarily running on the beach avenue Vieira Souto, there is no clear available schedule, sometimes there are changes so you have to make sure at the time you want to catch the bus. The next one or two years of traffic in the center of Rio will be complicated during rush hours, big constructions in the port area are the reason.
The best nightlife guide in English is The Rio Times Nightlife Guide, just click the link.
Fruits of the week:
Pineapples, mangoes, tangerines, strawberries, peaches and all types of melon should be tasty and affordable this time of the year.
A fun and interesting exhibition is “40 Anos Playmobil” (40 years of Playmobil) which tells the story of these famous toys, it is organized by a Brazilian organization and takes place in Museu Histórico Nacional (MHN) on Praça Marechal Âncora in Centro. It will go on until the 23rd of November and is open Tue to Fri 10h until 17:30h, Sat, Sun and holidays 14h until 18h. Entrance 8 R$. Click here for the MHN site
An interesting art exhibition in Casa Daros shows works by South American artists, the theme is illusions. It is open Wed to Saturday 11h until 19h, Sundays and holidays 11h until 18h, Mondays closed. The end date is the 8th of February 2015. The entrance is 14 R$, free on Wednesdays. Casa Daros is located on Rua General Severiano 159 in Botafogo, click here for the site.
There is an exhibition of street-art in Caixa Cultural in Centro. Banksy, Jef Aerosol and Nunca are artists on exhibit. Different styles and techniques are explained. It is open Tue to Sunday 10h until 21h, the end date is the 15th of February 2015. Caixa Cultural is located on Avenida Almirante Barroso 25 in Centro.
Bom fim de semana!