Brazil is full of architectural treasures, such as the Sé Cathedral located in Sao Paulo. And when you go to Rio de Janeiro, there is inevitably one place not to be missed: it is l’Escadaria Selarón. This staircase, as we know it today, dates from 1990 and is located between the neighborhoods of Lapa and Santa Teresa.
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Travel: EU wants to harmonize restrictions
In Luxembourg, European affairs ministers adopted the establishment of common criteria for travel restrictions. The objective, to avoid the cacophony observed in March, with Member States which have closed their borders in dispersed order to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. The European Commission has proposed a series of measures. “This plan, proposed by the European Commission at the beginning of September and drafted with the help of the German presidency, aims to give more readability to people traveling in Europe during a pandemic”, indicates Meabh McMahon, correspondent for Euronews, ” so that they would know if they should be tested or quarantined when crossing the borders of Europe. The plan would take the form of a simple system of traffic lights made up of green orange and red zones, which would be put to use. day every week by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control. According to Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, who spoke yesterday by videoconference, this would prevent EU Member States from taking measures in dispersed order, as was the case on the European continent at the beginning of the year, and to ensure that the European borders remain open. The only problem, this plan was approved at the same time where cases of Covid 19 are increasing across Europe, so it is unlikely that there are many green areas at the moment “. Several countries abstained, including Luxembourg. Blocking Brexit talks must also be on the agenda. To help the 27 withstand the economic shock, the easing of state aid should also be extended until next summer, Brussels announced on Tuesday.
Lethal weapons authorized to counter the anti-Lukashenko movement
Belarusian riot police were sent to counter retirees marching through central Minsk to demand the release of the 700 demonstrators arrested this weekend … But there was no violent clash, unlike on Sunday during the great weekly opposition rally against the regime of President Alexander Lukashenko. On that day, police used stun grenades and water cannons against crowds as protesters threw stones and bottles, set up barricades and blazes in the streets. Since then, the Belarusian interior ministry says the movement is radicalizing, an argument advanced to allow police to use “lethal force” if necessary against anti-government protesters. “We will not leave the streets and we will ensure law and order in the country. Law enforcement and internal troops will use riot equipment and deadly weapons if necessary,” explained Gennady Kazakevich, first vice-president. -Minister of the Interior of Belarus, on television. Several thousand demonstrators have been arrested since the presidential election on August 9 and the outbreak of anti-Lukashenko protests. And the Belarusian authorities are already accused of brutality and torture in their repression of the movement. European sanctions The European Union has already sanctioned 40 Belarusian officials, including the Minister of the Interior and his deputy. She also rejected the presidential results for fraud and has just declared herself ready to impose sanctions against the president and his family. These sanctions would consist of “a travel ban and an asset freeze, against those responsible for fraud in the presidential election and the violent crackdown on peaceful demonstrations”, according to the EU Council. Since the start of the protest movement, hundreds of demonstrators, leaders of political movements, trade unions and journalists have been arrested. Almost all of the opposition figures are in detention or in exile abroad and last week the authorities canceled the accreditations of all foreign media. On the other hand, Belarusian authorities have released from prison and placed under house arrest two businessmen linked to the opposition after President Lukashenko’s surprise visit to prison on Saturday. According to the latter, he discussed with some of his detractors a reform of the constitution supposed to respond to the crisis in the country Lukashenko at the same time accuses the West of having fomented the protest against him, and has the support of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Italy imposes a Covid test on all travelers from Belgium
Belgians will therefore have to be tested before traveling to Italy, a country which also requires the general wearing of masks outdoors until December 31.
A somewhat special restoration
Very damaged after a few years, the 215 steps had to be simply renovated, except that the creator of this little masterpiece, the Chilean Jorge Selarón, wanted to bring his personal touch, with a perfectly assumed Brazilian note.
As is often the case with works of art, this one was initially criticized by the neighborhood, apparently a little classic and not really favorable to change. Yet the choice of colors was a true ode in Brazil, since the fragments of tiles used for the renovation of these steps bore the colors of the flag, namely blue, green and yellow.
The staircase has become a real tourist attraction
Today, the Selarón staircase attracts tourists from all over the world passing through Rio. With its colors, the place is perfect for making photoshoots, advertising or film shoots. Remember Snoop Dogg and Pharrell Williams’ song Beautiful, released in 2002? Go take a look at the video clip (superb) and you will be able to see this famous Selarón staircase several times.