With the country spending billions to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup (and despite football being the national sport and Pele being a national hero), and even more preparing to host the 2016 Olympics, the protestors were further fueled by endemic government corruption, police brutality and graft, social-services cuts and wasteful spending. And it is these underlying issues that gave them the strength to carry on despite water cannons, rubber bullets and horses’ hooves flying.
But what tickles me pink is the following statement from a citizen: “And this year we rise. We have woken up. We are on the streets like in Turkey and Greece. They have made us wake up about this. …” May we all “wake up” and use our mighty voice to make a difference.
Story 1 – Brazil Protesters Win U-turn on Fare Rises
By Jonathan Watts, The Guardian – June 19, 2013
Authorities in Brazil’s two biggest cities have made a U-turn on public transport fare increases in the face of mass protests that have overshadowed the country’s build up to next year’s World Cup.
In advance of major demonstrations on Thursday, the leaders of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro announced that bus and subway price rises will be rescinded, but it is far from certain that this will be enough to mollify public unrest. Continue reading