Are Brazil's World Cup preparations displacing poor people?

01/29/2014 | Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

Construction projects being undertaken in Brazil as part of the preparation for the World Cup soccer tournament have forced some residents -- especially poor ones -- to relocate. Some government officials say the World Cup is not the cause for most displacements, while activists say as many as 250,000 people across the country face evictions because of the event and other projects. "Brazil is by far and away the champion of forced removals," said Fluminense Federal University visiting geography professor Christopher Gaffney. "This is clearly the most impactful World Cup ever, with a lot of ambitious projects."

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