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Popular Cup Begins, Highlighting Forced Evictions in Rio

By Benjamin Parkin, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In the lead up to the World Cup an alternative football (soccer) competition has begun: the Copa Popular (Popular Cup). The effort is being organized to draw attention to the issue of home demolitions and other groups affected by preparations for June and July’s FIFA mega-event, planned for twelve cities across Brazil.

The first stage of the event, run by the Comitê Popular da Copa e das Olimpíadas (Popular Committee for the Cup and Olympics), took place at the peak of Santa Marta favela, Botafogo, on Sunday, where . . .

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