CULTURE & ARTS
08/24/2012 07:55 am ET Updated Oct 24, 2012

Rio Artistic Collective's Sweet Deal Ends As Olympics Development Spreads

A community of artists in a former confectionery factory in Rio de Janeiro have turned to lawyers, aerosol cans and cachaça (sugar-cane liquor) to overturn an eviction order from developers trying to capitalise on the regeneration of the city before the World Cup and Olympic Games.

Their campaign -- one of several disputes triggered by the £21bn redevelopment plans for Rio -- has drawn the attention of the mayor, Eduardo Paes, and led to questions about the city's priorities and potential as it moves into the international spotlight.

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