Street carnival canceled: how are street vendors in Rio de Janeiro?

The cancellation of the street carnival in the city of Rio de Janeiro is mainly affected by street vendors. They will no longer receive more than R$500 per day of revelry, the main source of annual income for many. This is the second consecutive year without the popular festival and workers demand that the city hall recognizes them as an essential part of the carnival and helps them financially.

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Mayor Eduardo Paes (PSD) announced the decision to cancel the street carnival this year, last Tuesday (4), due to the new wave of covid-19, caused by the ômicron variant, and the influenza epidemic in the city. . It is estimated that around 40,000 street vendors are financially affected without the street parades.

In an interview for the Central do Brasil program, broadcast by TVT e produced in partnership with Brazil de facto, the coordinator of Movimento Unido dos Camelôs (MUCA), Maria dos Camelôs explained that the group of informal workers understands the reasons for the cancellation of the street carnival, but worries about those who will be left without income.

“We are charging the government. We need the city hall and the state government to give carnival aid to informal workers. In the same way that they will talk to the blocks, the street vendors also want to have this dialogue,” he said.

The coordinator of MUCA also said that the movement is organizing a major campaign on social networks to pressure the public authorities to dialogue with street vendors and commit to giving official support. The action also aims to raise funds for street vendors affected by the cancellation of the street carnival and is expected to be launched at the end of January.

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For councilor Tarcísio Motta (PSOL), president of the Special Committee on Carnival at the Rio City Council, who also gave an interview to the program, health prevention policies and income policies must be built together.

“It is necessary to ensure that street vendors, carnival workers, all those who have the affected sectors an emergency income so that the right to isolation and the prevention of covid-19 can be efficient, because this saves lives”, explained the minister. city ​​councilor.

The report contacted the City Hall of Rio. Through its press office, it replied in a note that it is analyzing the situation of street vendors.

Source: BdF Rio de Janeiro

Editing: Mariana Pitasse

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