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Last week, Brazil held its first round of presidential elections, and one of sitting president Dilma Rousseff’s main challengers came with a very unusual background for a politician: she spent most of…
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A man who was found buried alive in a Brazilian cemetery has been freed after a passer-by reportedly saw the earth moving and heard calls for help. Brazil’s Record TV said the discovery was made by a woman visiting a relative’s grave in the Ferraz de Vasconcelos area of Sao Paulo.
Video footage shows emergency services scraping dirt from the man’s body, who was was still buried up to the chest, before hauling him out of the grave.
Record TV said he has suffered from psychiatric problems, according to his nephew. How the man ended up buried is unclear, but one theory is that he may have been attacked and dumped in the grave.
Oh, Canada. Keep reading. Canada spied on communications at Brazil’s Mining and Energy Ministry, according to Canadian intelligence documents revealed Sunday by Globo television. The documents were leaked by former U.S. intelligence…
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Could the police themselves be throwing Molotov cocktails in order to justify the police crackdown? The New York Times ponders:
40 seconds of video released by Rio’s military police showed a man near the front line between the two sides lighting and then hurling a Molotov cocktail, which exploded near officers in riot gear. Within hours the clip was mysteriously removed from YouTube.
According to the theory advanced by supporters of Brazil’s protest movement, the bomb thrower pictured in the police video, wearing a T-shirt with a bulky design on the front, was identical to a man caught on video later, retreating behind police lines and pulling off his T-shirt, alongside a second man also suspected of being an undercover officer.
Other bloggers pointed out that another video clip recorded by a witness to Monday’s demonstrations showed the same two men passing unmolested through a crowd of uniformed officers after displaying identification:
Perhaps not the reception the new pope was hoping for. Via PressTV:
Brazilian police have used tear gas and water cannons to disperse protesters in Rio de Janeiro rallying against the vast amount of public funds spent on Pope Francis’ visit to the country.
The demonstration was held on Monday near the Rio state governor’s palace after a meeting there between the pope and President Dilma Rousseff. One photographer suffered a head injury after being clubbed by a riot police officer and at least five protesters were arrested.
The Brazilian government has spent $53 million in public funds for the
Pope’s week-long visit to the country, which is his first trip abroad after becoming head of the Catholic Church in March. The protesters argued that the government should instead spend public funds on health, education and other public services.
Curious how our puny human activities appear to the robots above? A Brazilian military drone hovering over Mane Garrincha stadium at the start of the national football team’s match against Japan in the Confederations Cup tournament captured superstar Neymar netting the first goal:
A must-watch case of mainstream media manipulation crashing and burning as a broadcaster is repeatedly stymied in his efforts to use a live push poll to make it seem as if the Brazilian public at large is opposed to the recent political unrest. As he would put it, “It’s neck and neck but a lot more people say ‘yes’ than ‘no’. But we can say it’s equal.”
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.”
Via Survival International: A shocking report detailing horrific atrocities committed against Brazilian Indians in the 1940s, 50s and 60s has resurfaced – 45 years after it was mysteriously ‘destroyed’ in a fire….