Proposed Rio slum barrier likened to Israeli security barrier
The slums of Dona Marta in Rio, Brazil, are encroaching too much on the famous Atlantic Rainforest that surrounds it, according to the Brazilian government, and their solution is to build a three-foot high wall around it. However, environmentalists and human rights activists are saying this is exactly like the Israeli security barrier and are protesting against it.
The barrier would be 650 metres high, and made of pure concrete. It would cost about one million Brazilian Reals (about 500,000 dollars) to build and is being referred to as an 'eco-barrier' as it will encircle the Dona Marta slum and protect the surrounding Atlantic Rainforest from illegal occupation. The government is also saying that it will improve security and living conditions for the slum residents.
Critics of this project have called in a 'social apartheid' and compared it to the security barrier in Israel.
"This is something that is very similar to what Israel does to the Palestinians and to what happened in South Africa," said Mauricio Campos, from the Rio human rights group Network of Communities Against Violence.
He said a wall would serve only to "segregate" slum residents from the rest of society.
About 7,500 people live in the slums of Dona Marta, which has previously been heavily involved in the Brazilian drug trade. Since December it has been under 24 hour police occupation as part of a plan to rid the areas of drug traffickers, and new plans for the area include building new houses, and installing wireless internet, as well as the controversial new wall.
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