Underreported: Eco-Barriers in Brazil

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Walls are going up around the slums of Rio de Janeiro. The Brazilian government is calling them "eco-barriers," designed to prevent Rio’s shantytowns from spilling into the city’s heavily forested hillsides, but opponents of the walls see them as a form of "geographic discrimination" that imprisons the residents. On today’s second Underreported we’ll talk to Antonio Regalado,The Wall Street Journal’s correspondent in Brazil about the walls and the controversy surrounding them.


Antonio Regalado

Comments [2]

Enrique from Elizabeth, NJ

...this happens through all Latin-America. Is a disgrace.

Jun. 18 2009 02:00 PM
Renata from NY

"Walls" have been going up for a long time now, throughout Brazil, not just in Rio. After living in America for 24 yrs, we moved back and lived there for 2 yrs, and I couldn't believe all the fancy "gated communities" that have taken over the landscape in Brazil. Huge walls with electrical fences and barbed wires, securities guards with shot guns, you name it! The wealthy are segregating themselves by living in these high security "prisons", with all the amenities of a high end resort. It is the society's way of separating the rich from the poor, although all their "servants\ slaves", live in the "Favela" next door and get paid $10 dollars per day!

Jun. 18 2009 12:16 PM

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