Police violence

In the name of the law, authorities exceed their power over children. Police and army violence is a critical issue in the build-up to a sport event. The increased policing and surveillance that accompagnies MSEs exacerbate the exclusion and injustice experienced by children, particularly those at risk of discrimination. According to this report on the 2014 World Cup from the University of Dundee “police and army violence was a critical issue in the pre-cup period, relating to three issues: street clearances of street children; police occupation of favelas and displacement through forced removals; and the protests of 2013” Our ‘Breaking Records’ report on child rights violations during the 2016 Rio Olympics also includes personal testimonies of ‘street cleaning’ and police brutality during protests and evictions.