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Brazil's Carnival Waste: The Day After in Photos

A teen sleeps near his Samba school float. Many of the workers live in the School borough, making this a family tradition, and not only a commercial service. The party in Carnival week never ceases in Rio. With a 24/7 programming, there is almost no time to rest, as the next block is just around the corner. The recent garbage collectors strike leaves traces of trash scattered throughout Rio. Photo by Leonardo Coelho copyright Demotix (4 March 2014)

A teen sleeps near his Samba school float. Many of the workers live in the School borough, making this a family tradition, and not only a commercial service. Photo by Leonardo Coelho copyright Demotix (4 March 2014)

“The party in Carnival week never ceases in Rio,” says Brazilian photographer Leonardo Coelho. But eventually the day comes when the party is over and thus “Rio de Janeiro wakes up to a trashed city after Carnival night“.

That is the title of a photo report by Coelho, which shows the “traces of trash scattered throughout Rio”. In a different set he calls it a “garbage crisis“, due to this year's strike of garbage collectors who are demanding better working conditions and wages.

Another photojournalist, Ale Silva (who also shared pictures of the day after on Demotix), caught on camera a protest staged by around 500 striking garbage collectors in front of Rio's city hall on March 4, 2014. More pictures of the day after can be seen on the website Fotos Públicas here and here.

  • http://www.tylerlahti.com/ Tyler

    And people think Mobile, AL is trashed after Mardi Gras…

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