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A man holds a banner which reads “Obama, the world needs peace”, Rio de Janeiro, March 20


Lots of anti-American protests too in Brazil the last few days (mainly over Libya), this was one of the friendlier guys!


‘city of god’

AP: ….In this nation of 190 million where half the population is black, Obama’s election is an inspiration for many, said Ana Luiza Paradiso, a 40-year-old housewife.

“He opened a path for us,” Paradiso said. “The fact that he is black lets other people dream. We have a real connection, real empathy for Obama.”

…City of God gained worldwide notoriety after the 2002 film, which told of the slum’s transformation over five decades from a government-planned housing project for the poor to a violent haven for cocaine gangs. The same story has been repeated in hundreds of Rio slums.

In 2009, however, City of God became part of an ambitious police “pacification” program, in which security forces clear heavily armed gangs from slums and establish a police presence….

Noemia Marinho, a 40-year-old saleswoman who lives in the slum and got her hair done just for the presidential visit, said she hopes Obama’s presence inspires Brazil to pay more attention to her neighborhood.

“He is thinking of Rio as more than just the Christ and Copacabana,” Marinho said, referring to the city’s iconic hilltop statue and world-famous beach. “Maybe our government will look to us more as well.”


“you’re the man”

BBC: US President Barack Obama is set to deliver a speech in Rio de Janeiro, hailing the shared values of Brazil and the US. Mr Obama, on a five-day trip to Latin America, is also due to visit the city’s Christ statue and a shantytown.

…The president is due to visit the famed Christ the Redeemer hilltop statue. However, the visit was rescheduled from morning to evening. This was to allow Mr Obama time to be briefed on the situation in Libya, where US, UK and French aircraft have been carrying out strikes against the forces of Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi.

Mr Obama’s itinerary in Rio is also due to take him to the City of God (Cidade de Deus) favela, one of several hundred shantytowns that dot Rio’s hills. The shantytown is one of several “pacified” under a programme to reduce violence in the city, which is set to be in the international limelight with the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games two years later. The programme involves the deployment of a permanent police presence, known as the Police Pacification Units (UPP), that aim to drive out the drug traffickers who control the slums.

…Crowds gathered in Copacabana to greet Mr Obama as his motorcade arrived at his beach front hotel on Saturday night.

“Welcome to the most beautiful city in the world, Obama. You’re the man,” read a sign held up by Rio resident Carlos Henrique do Nascimento.

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Members of a local theatre group hold banners to celebrate the visit of U.S President Barack Obama in Cidade de Deus (City of God) in Rio de Janeiro March 20

Boys gather in Cidade de Deus (City of God) slum streets where U.S President Barack Obama is expected to visit







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