Photographer: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg
Photographer: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg

Demolishing a Favela to Make Way for the Olympics

Rio de Janeiro began demolishing homes in the Vila Autodromo favela in 2014 to clear the way for access roads to the adjacent Olympic Park. Many of the residents left the community and had their homes demolished after accepting compensation.

Buildings in the Olympic Park stand behind a demolished home.

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People gather to help move the belongings of a resident before her home is demolished. 

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Municipal police officers stand guard during a demolition on March 8, 2016.

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A dog stands in the street near an abandoned car. A government report claims that "no other resettlement process ongoing in the city has any connection with the sports installations built for the Olympic Games."

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Longtime resident Sandra Maria de Sousa protests in front of Municipal Guard police during the demolition of the residents' association building. 

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Municipal Guard police keep watch during the demolition of the residents' association building.

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A resident walks on the remnants of demolished houses on March 8.

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A girl walks along a path in the favela. Of more than 600 original families that lived in the favela, about 40 remain. They continue to fight the evictions.

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A resident sits, draped in a Brazilian flag, in the mostly emptied and demolished favela. These will be the first Olympic games held in South America. 

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A small brush fire burns at dawn in the mostly demolished community.

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The opening ceremony for the Summer Olympics will take place on Aug. 5, 2016.

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