What’s REALLY behind the Brazilian riots?

Posted: June 21, 2013 in news
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To understand more about the Brazilian protests please read the Editorial No, I’m not Going to the World Cup. And please, don’t go to the World Cup 2014.

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Thousand of people took the streets, manifesting themselves for a society with less corruption and in search of better living conditions: health, education, safety and improvements in the transport system. Besides Sao Paulo (with 100 thousand people), Brasilia (with 30 thousand) and Rio de Janeiro (over 300 thousand), there were also big protests in other Brazilian main cities, such as Porto Alegre (RS), Novo Hamburgo (RS), Belo Horizonte (MG), Juiz de Fora (MG), Curitiba (PR), Araraquara (SP), Itapetininga (SP), Bauru (SP), Santos (SP), Maceio (AL), Cuiabá (MT), Campos dos Goytacazes (RJ), Vitoria (ES), Fortaleza (CE), Belem (PA).

The Giant woke up.

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What’s REALLY behind the Brazilian riots?

From CNN. Text by Phillip Vianna. Posted June 14, 2013.

The protests that have been occurring in Brazil go beyond the R$0,20 (US$0.10) raise in public transport fares.

Brazil is currently experiencing a widespread collapse of its infrastructure. There are problems with ports, airports, public transport, health and education. Brazil is not a poor country and the tax rates are extremely high. Brazilians see no reason to have such bad infrastructure when there is so much wealth that is so highly taxed. In the state capitals people spend up to four hours per day in traffic, either in their cars or on crowded public transport which is of very poor quality.

The Brazilian government has taken remedial measures to control inflation by cutting taxes and has not yet realized that the paradigm must shift to an infrastructure-focused approach. At the same time the Brazilian government is reproducing on a small scale what Argentina did some years ago: avoiding austerity and preventing the increase in the benchmark Selic base interest rate, which is leading to high inflation and low growth.

brazilian-protests-1In Brasilia, over 7000 people held a protest on the Esplanade of Ministries and the National Congress, which had invaded its dome.

Other than the problem of infrastructure, there are several corruption scandals which remain without trial, and the cases being judged have been tending to end with the acquittal of the defendants. The biggest corruption scandal in Brazilian history finally ended with the conviction of the defendants and now the government is trying to reverse the trial by using maneuvers through unbelievable constitutional amendments: one, the PEC 37, which will annihilate the investigative powers of the prosecutors of the public ministry (the Brazilian equivalent of the District Attorneys), delegating the responsibility of investigation entirely to the Federal Police. Moreover, another proposal seeks to subject decisions of the Brazilian Supreme Court to the Congress – a complete violation of the three powers.

Those are, in fact, the revolts of Brazilians.

The protests are not mere isolated, unionized movements or extreme left riots, as some of the Brazilian press says. It is not a teenage rebellion. It is the uprising of the most intellectualized portion of society who wants to put a stop to these Brazilian issues. The young national mid-class, which has always been unsatisfied with the political oblivion, has now “awaken” – in the words of the protesters.

Source: http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-988431

brazilian-protests-3Behind this mask there is more than just flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea… and ideas are bulletproof. Even rubber bullets, tear gas and pepper spray.

Protests have been staged in major cities across the country, but Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro were the focal point of Tuesday’s marches. The thousands who gathered were mostly peaceful, and the atmosphere was almost festive. But at least one small group unsuccessfully tried to force their way into a municipal building.

Police for the most part stood back, but repelled those who tried to enter the government building by bashing its windows with police barriers.

Brazilians say they are angry about high taxes, corruption, and lavish spending on the upcoming World Cup soccer tournament, among other complaints. Protests on Monday were the largest in the country in at least 20 years.

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President Dilma Rousseff said Tuesday their message was being heard. “The direct message from the streets is for more citizenship, better schools, better hospitals, better health, for direct participation,” she said in a nationally televised address. “My government is trying and committed to social transformation.”

The feeling among the protesters is that they are paying into a system that is not giving them back enough in return. “It’s all about national priorities,” said Fernando Jones, a CNN iReporter who participated in protests in Rio de Janeiro. “We want health, we want education.”

Brazilians like himself find themselves asking how the government is using their taxes for its citizens, while watching as millions are spent on preparations for the World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games. “People can’t take it anymore,” he said.

Thousands protest over rising costs of 2014 World Cup

The protests are being organized largely by university students and a group called the Free Fare Movement, which wants public transportation to be free of charge. The protests follow a week of smaller demonstrations that began in response to plans to increase fares for Brazil’s public transportation system, from 3 to 3.20 reais ($1.38 to $1.47), but have broadened into wider protests over economic and social issues plaguing the country.

brazilian-protests-4In Canada, a group of Brazilians in support of the protests in Brazil.

Protesters say they are angry about, among other things, government decisions to spend money on the World Cup and other projects instead of improving health care, education and other social programs. Brazil is building stadiums and revamping its infrastructure ahead of the World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games, events that will put the world’s focus on the Latin American nation of 201 million people.

The protests have attracted international attention, and the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights urged Brazilian authorities Tuesday to show restraint in handling protesters. Last week, at least 100 people were injured and 120 arrested after violent clashes between police and protesters in Sao Paulo. Police used rubber bullets and tear gas against protesters and journalists, bringing complaints of brutality and targeting of media covering the events.

On this thursday, 20 June, more than 100 cities in Brazil were stage of more protests.

Source: http://edition.cnn.com/2013/06/18/world/americas/brazil-protests.

Comments
  1. All our solidarity for what it may count in such dreary circumstances. Your resistance is ours.

  2. Abilene Fischer says:

    I few weeks ago, I took my family to visit my relatives in Brazil, to my surprise, the Rio airport is still in the poor state as always: roads, hospitals, education are in collapse. The cost of living is as high as overseas, but public services are shameful. All is well with the upper class, I mean they are also in dire straits, because safety is a huge issue. To drive a car or to live in a middle class suburb is as scary as living in the slams, assaults and hijacking are so common, the police has no control of the chaos. Human rights and Constitutional violation is a serious issue. Now the government is bringing to the table the PEC 37 a legislation which reduces powers from the District Attorneys to investigate Corruption. Finally we are addressing the Root of the problem. CORRUPTION, from top to bottom, from Politicians to Police, Brazil needs a good wash!!!! Until then, I don’t recommend travelling in the country. NOT SAFE at all!!! Moreover, Brazilian politicians are so crafty! In no time they can hijack the movement and as under the dictatorship, torture protesters and feed their bodies to the sharks, also an old modus operandi from Rio Police in the 70’s. Recently, prior to the Cup of Confederations, many street kids and homeless people have disappeared without trace!!! BRAZIL, THE WORLD IS WATCHING!!! We no longer have fear! If Politicians and Police give a chance to No Violence, Brazil will be a better place and our children will have a better future for we also have a dream; that one day (Brazil) will rise up and live out the true meaning of this creed: ‘we hold these truths to be self-evident that we all are created equal’. We all deserve to live with dignity and demand that our leaders, respect us as human beings and steal less!!!!

    • mkenobi says:

      I agreed with all you written here. And say more: there’s no human rights in Brazil and what is the worse about all that is that any significant change maybe will take a long time to be effected, as in the social level as in the legislative. Thanks for comment.

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