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Rio de Janeiro’s catastrophe under Mayor Crivella

Homeless man in Ipanema, a wealthy neighbourhood in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: Alexandre Rotenberg/Shutterstock
Homeless man in Ipanema, a wealthy neighbourhood in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: Alexandre Rotenberg/Shutterstock

In 2016, it seemed as if Rio de Janeiro was turning a corner. Hosting the Olympic Games, just two years after lending its legendary Maracanã stadium as the stage for the football World Cup final, there was a hope that the bad press Rio had received in the 1990s and 2000s—with urban violence reaching war-like levels—was now in the past. Rio de Janeiro would no longer be a dangerous destination, they hoped, but rather a unique opportunity to enjoy iconic beach landscapes without having to relinquish any of the conveniences of being in a major global city.

Just three years...

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