We were approached by Vini, who is in Brazil band MALVINA, comenting on the upcoming Olympics in Rio by releasing their song SCENARIO together with the opening of the spectacle. We are happy to share this first-hand account of the horrible facts of life for all those suffering from the Olympics.
Malvina on “Scenario”
In one side: the party, the sportive celebration, the medals. Corruption, poverty, lies, power in the other. The Olympic games, which happens in the city of Rio de Janeiro connect the highest level of athletes of all modalities from all over the world to a hype in Brazil. The annihitalion, shady deals, ethnic cleansing, unreasonable expenditures and the offensive against the human rights are also included in the games and despite the high sums in make ups, are visible. Specifically in the case of Rio de Janeiro, the residents of Vila Autodromo and Vila Curicica neighborhoods in the West Zone of the city were put in sacrifice and were removed from their homes to make way for the Olympic Park, made of luxury buildings which after the games, will be taken by private initiative.
Besides the evictions made in the context of the Games, is important to look to:
. The militarization of the public space
Police unities of pacification were put in so many slums in Rio, and the connection between the localization in which this unities were put has to do with the areas of real estate’s interests. Since the city of Rio was ellected to host the Olympics, more than 2,500 people have been killed. The communities which were more affected in this period were those surround the international airport and the ones surround the places where will happens olympic activities.
. Bus lines changes
Lines which crossed the extremes of the city were changed by restricted lines. The idea is to restrict people from the west and north zone to be in contact to south zone, the noble area of the city.
. Extra security
The IOC requires it’s own security, and in the history of the games, these chosen groups were always associated to war as the israeli group (ISDS) which would come to Rio. The extra security groups are instructed and prepared to apply harassment and extreme violence against protest. This extra security itself goes against the sovereignty of the city host.
. State of Exception
In a state of Exception, rights and constitutional guarantees are temporarily suspended, and emergency measures can be used even if meaning transgressions to the current constitution the present state, despite the temporary disappearance of the laws.
Political scientist Jules Boykoff branches off the phenomenon:
1 Capitalism Disaster: Moments of crisis, physical and psychological shocks caused by phenomenon of nature, wars and political turmoil that create a vulnerability prone to introducing emergency measures by financial institutions related to the states, as analyzed in detail in the book “Shock Doctrine” by Naomi Klein
2 Capitalism Celebration: In recent theory, Boykoff shows how the Olympics have become massive economic plan that protects the elite of the risks as provides all the spectacle of the games. Through the celebration of the phenomenon, rulers and associated manipulate the people through publicprivate partnerships in which the cost of the investment is guaranteed. Brazil is in a unique moment where both modes through which this phenomenon manifests itself became reality. Through the celebration with the Olympic games, and through the recent coup, with president Dilma Rouseff’s impeachment.
Aware of all the ruthless action which begans in 2014 with the World Cup of FIFA, and now with the Olympic games, Malvina will not let it pass in silence as a natural band of Rio. The single called “Scenario” is an invite to the reality behind the false glamour of the sport’s megaevent. Working on a new album and using the ideas around them as tools, from the punk to progressive music, the band keeps the questioning and resistance position and brings us the duality amongst two antagonistic realities of the Marvelous City. The natural grace of the city and its opulent nobility and the injured and exploited life of citizens which became already invisible for the law and the media. Olympic games can shows the disparity, the distance between the social classes which results in more violence and increases the present political crisis with the public fund undermined by the corruption which infected the country.
The lyrics goes directly to the throath of an audience who only is looking for the breaking records, goals, and marked points, the miserable medals of the athletes who also doens’t received the right investment. Far worst than that is the evicted families whom had to leave their homes to make way for the iconic Olympic Ville. The poor and the black people which were under the mire of the ethinic cleansing of the State’s program.
As 2 years ago, Brazil becomes a footbridge to the first World. And as in the World Cup, political, economical and social crimes make the citizens, hostages of tirany. But what about the social benefits which comes along with the development of the city? It proves itself meaningless with more than 94% of the total cost payed by the public fund, despite the publicprivate partnerships propaganda.
The first World countries are becoming more and more out of megaevent’s routes. As an example, Sweden refuses to be the host for 2022 Winter Olympic Games alledging other priorities. But there’s other aspect that make coherent the interest of emergent countries: “Politicians see their brightened image by their competence of had attracted a global event, which puts the city or the coutryhost in the world’s display” wrotes João Sette Whitaker in his article “A Millionaire Theatre”.
The politics for the megaevents results in a increasing unbalance between the social classes, and in the case of Rio especifically, the creation of more physical space amongst the incompatible realities of the city. If there’s a legacy from these games is this political conquest of it’s space. Our song “Scenario” is an invite for a brand new paradise which shows it dimensions and it’s real consistence: a unknown city for tourist as for it’s own population.
by Vini Berbert