What moves Sérgio Cabral against the Indians?
Photo~ Francisco Chaves
13/01 to 11:55-Updated on 01/13 at 3:47 pm
What moves Sérgio Cabral against the Indians?
The scene played on Saturday (12) for the military police Battalion, heavily armed and in uniforms typical of confrontation, surrounding a building where indigenous were fitted with bow and arrow, can seem ingenuous in the 21st century, but apart from the ridiculous situation, demonstrates how little the democratic Government of the State of Rio de Janeiro brings the issue of reform of the Estádio do Maracanã.
At that stage, in July 16, 1950, Brazil was defeated in the World Cup when, in the end, the Uruguayan Alcides Ghiggia scored the upset that gave the country its second and last title of world champion. Years later, ironic way, the player said the feat noting that “only three people, with a single gesture, silent a Maracana with 200 thousand people: Frank Sinatra, Pope John Paul II and I”.
This just shows that the maracana, throughout his 62 years, has hosted a variety of audiences. At the time in that its grandstands were racing – without individual chairs – and that there was the famous “geralzona”, where the public-most poor, but not only them – watching the matches on foot, around the field, Estádio Mário Filho was easily amount far superior to 100 thousand fans.
Governor Sérgio Cabral Filho, ill in January 2008 and descendant of a journalist who in addition samba is glazed in football, certainly as a child and young was in games which have attracted this crowd of admirers of the sport. Always much higher than 76 thousand spectators that the stadium will host Fifa’s requirement for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, after retirement you are installing individual seats in the old stands. A vast police apparatus was used to intimidate the Indians occupying the village Maracanã
A reform which was decided between four walls, without public participation, nor any type of query more open to experts or bodies. Prevailed the interests of Fifa, CBF, at the time chaired by Ricardo Teixeira that, everyone knows, he commanded the purpose driven is not always very clear, and by the rulers of Rio, Sérgio Cabral in front. But the reform is being supported with public money, official banks, i.e. ultimately by taxes that fans-those who were not ever heard-collect.
Interestingly, the stipulated project between four walls and without popular participation decided by the impossibility of coexistence between the stadium renovated and a building erected in the region long before they think they have to install a football stadium.
Dating from 1862, so with more than 150 years, the building of the old Indian Museum has no historical value only for its century-old building, but it was home. Was it the marechal Rondon initially, then with the help of the anthropologist Darcy Ribeiro and Villas Boas brothers, drew and won for the country the national indigenous preservation policy. It was there, for example, that they together fought the battle in defense of the Xingu National Park that, like the movie of the same name just show to millions of people, both in cinemas and the Globo network, ensured the survival of many indigenous nations. And there remained an indigenous tradition, making the building House the Village Maracanã, which became a reference for the Indians in Rio de Janeiro.
The coexistence between the building with 150 years and 62 years Stadium has always been peaceful. Even though it has housed some times up to 200 thousand people, there is no record that the old building has hindered the today called “urban mobility”. These two hundred thousands of people entered and departed the stadium Mário Filho without major disturbances, sometimes troubled by traffic jams caused by private cars carrying whit.
However, if in the past there were no major problems two hundreds of thousands of people, are fans, who went to see the Pope or fans of Frank Sinatra, for which reason there is to claim that the building won’t be in the way the “urban mobility” in games where are expected far fewer viewers?
There is talk of the need for construction of a large parking lot. That is, once the authorities prioritize individual transport, when in fact, in the name of “mobility” and to the protection of the environment, should worry not in toppling a building, that in no way hinders the coming and going of the fans, but rather creating exclusive bus lanes so that they, alongside the Highway and subway trains to ensure the disposal of the public without major congestion.
In fact, this whole Government mobilization, including using shock Battalion soldiers who have experienced the ridiculous role of surround a village whose Indians had only bows, arrows and, perhaps, improvised cudgels, suggests that the Government of Sérgio Cabral is being moved by other interests.
What we see is the willingness to clean the area so that the private sector can explore the area with parking lots that are overpriced and shopping malls where the so-called market will invoice upon 76 thousand fans expected in the World Cup games. Behind this, it seems, are the interests of Carver Eike Batista, who lent the airplane tours of the Lord Governor.
On account of the interests not of the most noble is that the entire history of the old and centenary building where once drew indigenous policy of the country and, therefore, it housed the Indian Museum and became a reference for the indigenous tribes, is being thrown in the trash. What’s worse is that anything can happen with the omission or even the involvement of the fluminense Federal Judiciary, once started from the President of the Federal Court of the 2nd region, Maria Helena Swan, the decision to suspend the injunction that prevented the removal of the Indian village. There is still time to avoid the throw a piece of history of Brazil in the garbage can. For now, only public defender of the Union, few politicians and social movements try to avoid this. But, who knows, other entities do not arouse deep sleep at dawn of Monday, before the Governor promote new scene dantesc, rifles and machine guns surrounding bows, arrows, cudgels and part of the history of Brazil?