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Welcome to Rio: Brazil cops gear up for the World Cup

Thursday 13 March 2014 - Behind the image

Paramilitary police in Rio de Janeiro show off their body armour. (AFP Photo/Yasuyoshi Chiba)

“I was shooting photos of a special battalion that’s being trained to deal with demonstrators during the World Cup in Brazil,” writes AFP photographer Yasuyoshi Chiba, based in Rio de Janeiro. “I looked around and saw this guy standing there, sweating profusely, wearing full riot gear.”

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Batman Favela: Brazil protester becomes caped crusader

Thursday 16 January 2014 - Behind the image

(AFP Photo/Yasuyoshi Chiba)

Batman Favela: Brazil protester becomes caped crusader


AFP photographer Yasuyoshi Chiba, based in Rio de Janeiro, recently visited a favela near the legendary Maracana stadium. Residents there are being evicted as authorities clear the area and rebuild ahead of the World Cup.

Many are protesting the evictions, including this 32-year-old dental technician who brings attention to the issue by dressing up as Batman.

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Whistleblower

Tuesday 22 May 2012 - Behind the image

AFP Photographer/Juan Mabromata
(AFP Photo/Juan Mabromata)

Whistleblower


Buenos Aires, May 17, 2012. The city’s Boca Juniors football team is playing against Rio de Janeiro’s Fluminense club in the quarter finals of the Copa Libertadores. AFP photographer Juan Mabromata is at the edge of the pitch, camera in hand. Fifteen minutes into the match, Brazilian defender Carlinhos tackles Pablo Mouche in the penalty area. Colombian referee José Buitrago blows this whistle. Carlinhos heads his way…

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Garbage as ecosystem: Rio's Jardim Gramacho

Tuesday 22 May 2012 - Behind the image

AFP Photo/Christophe Simon
(AFP Photo/Christophe Simon)

Garbage as ecosystem: Rio's Jardim Gramacho


Jardim Gramacho in the northern suburb of Rio de Janeiro is the largest landfill in the Americas and a source of pollution for a neighboring body of fresh water. It will soon be closed. But as AFP photographer Christophe Simon found out, the site is also home to hundreds "catadores", or "collectors of garbage", that depend on it for their livelihood. 

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