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Left behind: Rio's Olympic nightmare

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>> A community on the rise halted by the onset of the olympics. This is Villa
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a river front fishing slum or favela. Once home to around 600 families. Now just a couple of cement block homes and an unfinished church. I'm reporting for Reuters from Rio De Janeiro, where the impact of the 2016 Olympics has been highly criticized after the government destroyed this community to build a parking lot just outside the Olympic venues.
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20 families fought for their right to stay. Now, a somber reminder of one of the most divisive games in Olympic history. This is Maria de Pena, one of the oldest residents, and a community activist. She resisted government pressure to move her family to a tower block on the other side of the city.
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As a result, her house was demolished and this was built. The family of four now shares a two bedroom house, a small backyard, and the memories of police brutality when they refused to leave.>> They call the Olympics a gathering of nations, of people, but where is this union?
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The union that took my house away, turned it into a parking lot, ruined this community. It's not really a gathering of nations, it only works for some. And us, after all this suffering, after being beaten up, got bloody and dirty, they don't care about the people. We were never consulted.
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We speak of democracy, of freedom, but we don't know what that is. We live a false democracy, a false freedom, a false Olympic message. Olympics, a union of people, where is this? Look at the venues, where are the poor? Where are the people from the slums? So these words aren't really true, don't you think?
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>> Pena still walks the same streets every day to work. She has lived here for 20 years. But says she now has trouble finding her way around. Soon the games will end. The crowded streets will empty. But the brutal legacy of the games stays with those left behind.