Published January 12, 2013
RIO DE JANEIRO – Police in riot gear are surrounding a settlement of indigenous people next to Rio de Janeiro's storied Maracana stadium.
The police commander on site, Lt. Alex Melo, says they are waiting for an eviction order. However, after a tense, day-long standoff, the order was not in hand.
The indigenous group includes people of about 10 ethnicities. They have been squatting for years on the site of an old Indian Museum abandoned since 1977.
The residents say the law is on their side. The land was donated by a wealthy Brazilian to the state in 1847 to become a center of indigenous culture.
Now, however, the area around the stadium is being refurbished in preparation for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics and authorities say the compound must go.