Largest Protests In Decades Fill Major Cities Of Brazil

Initially a response to a hike in public transportation prices, the unrest is centered around the country’s wealth inequality and spending of public money on lavish stadiums in preparation for the 2014 World Cup. Russia Today reports:

Mass protests continued throughout Brazil on Monday, with hundreds of thousands of demonstrators converging in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, the capital of Brasilia and other cities.

Protests initially began last week following a government announcement of an increase in public transportation costs, which brought out students and young workers and led to more than 250 arrests.

In a sign that public dissatisfaction was still simmering, soccer fans booed president Dilma Rousseff on Monday during the opening of a two-week tournament at a stadium in the capital Brasilia. The heckling only intensified when the president of the global soccer body, FIFA, reprimanded the crowed for failing to show the president “respect.”

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  • Ittabena

    We could be watching the next Bolivarian movement country in the making here…

    Ok, it’s not water or land or electricity but they’re pissed! And remember, Public Transportation was a huge catalyst in the South for the civil rights movement.

    • Raz

      It’s all those things and more, it’s about quality of life that our gov. fail to support our people with.

      • Ittabena

        Good luck down there. I have been following what has been going on with this (Bolivarian Movement) for a while, and I know we don’t hear the full or correct story up here, but a couple people like Greg Palast and Oliver Stone have been cluing us in. Of course it is never on the national media here, it is something you have to look for.

        I’m on your side, just wish the people here would turn off their
        T.V.s and get pissed too.

        Anyone in line to be a people’s president yet? Someone we should watch for?

        Anything more you can tell us up here in the high tech dark?

    • Andrew

      Hopefully the current government will be replaced with one that’ll reverse the butchering of the Amazon.

      • Ittabena

        I think if the people get their way it will. The domino theory was so bogus when applied to corrupt communism, but it seems to be valid when it comes to the freedom movement in America del Sud.

        Trouble is, the US brought all this on with decades of oppression and victimization.

        I’d like to know what Rockefeller is thinking about now.

        • Anarchy Pony

          When you look at the domino theory, they aren’t really referring to communism as much as they are referring to national/regional independence movements. It wasn’t so much that they were afraid that a country might go communist, they were afraid they’d stop being sources of cheap resources and labor.
          Noam Chomsky generally refers to it as the mafia doctrine, which is an apt comparison, in that a Don(or empire) can’t allow someone they’re running a protection racket on ever resist, and if they try they must be punished.

  • Anarchy Pony

    Who would’ve thought that admonishing a crowd of futbol fans like they were children could backfire? Anyway… VIVA LA REVOLUTION!

  • Raz

    I’m so proud of my people!

  • BuzzCoastin

    this is why Homeland mass transit is nonexistent
    one less thing for Homelanders to be pissed about

  • http://slrman.wordpress.com/ James Smith

    Having lived in Brazil for over a decade, I can state that these whiners do not represent the majority of Brazilians.

    Yes, like any other country, especially those with quickly rising economic status for all, there are problems and there are ill-conceived government policies.

    Brazil’s problems are far less than those of the USA. But the USA is a country on the decline, not the rise.

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