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Indigenous museum to remain at World Cup final stadium site

January 28th, 2013

Chief Carlos Tukano receives proposals from Rio state officials last week. Photo: Rio government

A former museum of indigenous culture close to the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, where the FIFA World Cup Final is due to played next year will not now be demolished as planned.

Rio de Janeiro state governor Sergio Cabral says that while the building will not be knocked down, the indigenous community living there will have to leave the site.

Without giving precise details, Cabral said in conjuction with the city government there are plans restore the building, dating from 1862.

Authorities want to pay rent assistance to the indigenous community living there, but are yet to reach agreement with chief Carlos Tukano who is only willing negotiate personally with the governor, media reports say.

On Saturday, a court issued an injunction preventing the demolition of the former museum.

The governor’s announcement coincides with a deadline for indigenous groups to leave the property.

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