A Portuguese version of this post is available here. Last review and update: 6 August, 10:20 PM.
Protests in Brazil advance, even with all the repression of the police and all the lies of the mainstream media – that hides the most important facts and manipulates the information to disrupt the popular movements. For three decades, Brazil has been suffering from a false democracy and successive corruption scandals at all levels of the Executive, Legislative and Judicial powers.
In Rio de Janeiro (#OcupaCabral):
Since 28 July, about 100 protesters remain camped across the street where live the Governor of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Sergio Cabral, in Leblon. They request the immediate output of the Governor, accused of administrative impropriety and are under pressure and threats from the police force oriented to repress any kind of legitimate protests against the current government. Protesters have camped at Delfim Moreira Avenue and rely on donations from residents of Leblon – which not only support the movement but are asking the immediate exit of the Governor from the neighborhood, the most expensive square meter of Brazil.
On Thursday, August 1, a protest started in Favela da Rocinha demanded explanations from the Government about the bricklayer Amarildo de Souza, taken by police for questioning in the Pacifying Police Unit of the Favela da Rocinha three weeks ago and then it was never seen again. It is assumed that Amarildo was killed by police. Protesters headed for Leblon where they joined the protesters of Movement Occupy Cabral, camped across the street where you live the Governor.
The Governor Sergio Cabral is accused of fraud in several bids, abuses of power, overpricing in the works of reform Maracanã Stadium and lead the mob of public transport in Rio de Janeiro. Among these numerous corruption scandals committed by the Governor is the case of the land in Guaratiba that would be used for the Mass of Pope Francis during the World Youth Day and had the stage destroyed by rain, belonging to Jacob Barata, owner of the largest buses company in RJ. The land has undergone improvement projects paid by the State Government and will have a condominium built on the site on behalf of property speculation. Read more here.
Fearing the wave of protests sweeping the country and especially the state of Rio de Janeiro, in an desperate and arbitrary attitude, Governor Sergio Cabral signed the decree 44302 (nicknamed DOI-CODI Rio by remembering the decrees of the dictatorship that restricted the citizen rights), which attacks the federal constitution.
The decree establishing the “Special Investigation Commission of Acts of Vandalism in Public Demonstrations” (CEIV), which allows the breach of confidentiality telephone and email and obliges telephone and internet operators to provide information about their users within 24 hours. What the Governor doesn’t know is that is a crime the intercept telephone or electronic communications without judicial authorization. In addition, states can not regulate telecommunications. It is the responsibility of the Union. Realizing the stupidity that committed, Sergio Cabral posted a video on his page revoking the decree. Read more here and here.
Because of the protests, the police force is oriented to use of arbitrariness to repress protesters, making illegal searches, create false evidence against the protesters and threatening to arrest anyone found in “suspicious attitude”. Videos and photos at the internet and social networks show the arrest of protesters unjustly accused and imprisoned without any physical evidence presented by the police at the time of the arrest, as the recent cases involving student Bruno Ferreira Telles (falsely accused of carrying explosives, as material already posted on this blog and then propagated by the mainstream media when the farce armed by the police was revealed through social networks) or the protester Sandro Crispino (who remains detained in maximum security prison Bangu 1 after being accused of possessing fireworks during the last Wednesday protest) or the young person detained Sunday in Leblon for wearing a mask, according a flagrant of Media Ninja.
The mask is used by demonstrators – mostly by members of the Black Bloc Movement, anarchy movement that organizes the protests and that takes charge of protecting the other protesters to prevent them to be attacked by police. The Black Bloc avoid showing his face just because they fear retaliation from the police force, reprisals at work and death threats.
At this moment, a project to build a golf course to be used during the Olympics will destroy a protected area of Atlantic Forest, the environmental reserve Marapendi with 58 thousand square meters, is currently being challenged by the people and that will cause a terrible environmental impact. The company Elmway Participations claims to be the owner of the area valued at R$ 3 billion and came in with a lawsuit in 2009, but even with this litigation, the work of clearing the ground has begun and part of the park is already being cleaned. A popular protest movement led by Golf For Who? is scheduled for August 5 against the construction of the golf course and asking for an investigation into corruption allegations involving the Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes in the whole process.
On last Wednesday, July 31, protesters took to the stairs of the Legislative Assembly and others occupied the Town Council in the center of Rio de Janeiro. The protests were peaceful, but one more time the violence of the police (which was ordered to expelling the protesters by alderman Marcelo Piui, investigated after suspicions of leading militias that promote extortions and killings in the western neighborhoods of Rio de Janeiro), turned into a war scenario with PMs shooting indiscriminately tear gas, pepper spray and rubber bullets, and physically assaulting protesters and members of the press with batons and stun guns. In the photos, an uncontrolled police officer identified only as D-03 (a strategy of the police to prevent the identification of the agents) attacks protesters with a taser gun that shoots electrical shocks.
Watch this video with all the key moments of the occupation and the violent reaction of the unprepared police.
Inside the building of the Town Council, the police expelled the protesters who occupied the building with the usual truculence, even after the Commander of the Military Police, Lt. Col. Mauro Andrade, have ensured that there would be without repression.
Inside the building of the Town Council, another example of unpreparedness of the police of Rio de Janeiro: 1) A policeman fires a taser gun at the iron gate; 2) and gives a shock on his partner who was holding the gate.
Sergio Cabral: Public Enemy No. 1 of the People of Rio de Janeiro:
A succession of outrages, allegations of corruption and abuse of power perpetrated by the governor Sergio Cabral took the people of the State of Rio de Janeiro demanding his immediate exit.
In June 2011, Sergio Cabral ordered the police to repress with violence the protest of members of the Fire Department who occupied the headquarters of the corporation in Rio downtown. Riot police stormed the firehouse occupied using tear gas and pepper spray against firefighters accompanied by their wives and children who participated in the occupation. Firefighters were protesting for better wages and working conditions. Many were arrested and driven out of the corporation because Brazilian laws forbid any official of any military institution to participate in protests or demonstrations. Read more here.
In 2011, a new corruption scandal came surfaced when it was discovered the friendship of the Governor of Rio with the entrepreneurs Ferdinand Cavendish, owner of Delta Construction, and Eike Batista, from EBX Group. The governor used a Batista’s jet to go to Bahia attend the birthday celebrations of Cavendish. On occasion, a helicopter that served to relatives of the politician and contractor fell, killing seven people. Cavendish lost his wife and stepson. Mariana Noleto, girlfriend of Marco Antonio, the governor’s son, also died. Delta has received more than R$ 1 billion in contracts in Cabral’s management and EBX obtained R$ 79.2 million in tax benefits during the same period. Read more here.
Another measure arbitrary and dictatorial was the order from given by Governor Sergio Cabral on July 2012, to demolish the Central Hospital Iaserj and using riot police to vacate the building and evict the health professionals who were against the demolition. The inpatients in ICU were removed without knowledge of their families and without the presence of the press which was prohibited from approaching the site. 15 patients died. Over a year later, no one was punished. Watch the video:
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In 2013, shortly before the Confederations Cup and after the reform of the Maracanã stadium (at a cost of over 500 million dollars), were raised more suspicion of overpricing in the works (for every 1 dollar spent in the reform 2 were to the pocket of politicians and contractors Andrade Gutierrez and Odebrecht). In May, a consortium headed by businessman Eike Batista won the bid (challenged in court by the prosecutor) to administer the Maracana for the next 35 years. A work that cost more than 500 million dollars paid by the taxpayer went to the hands of the group which offered a total of 78 million dollars to be paid to the Government in 33 annual installments of 2.3 million dollars each. In other words, the selling price is much inferior to the cost, and the consortium will still have an annual income estimated at 66 million dollars, against an expenditure of 21.7 million dollars. The last episode of the whole controversy surrounding the reform Maracanã was the order given by Governor Sergio Cabral to vacate the Maracana Village (Aldeia Maracanã) in March. Read more here.
The project that included the demolition of the old Indian Museum, the Julio Delamare Aquatic Park, Stadium Celio de Barros and a Municipal School for the construction of a sports complex around the Maracanã suffered a setback on account of population pressure. Now the project will go through a complete overhaul. This all after the action of the military police who used brutality to accomplish on March 22 the evacuation order of the Village Maracana, which functioned as indigenous cultural center in the old building of the Indian Museum. There were women, children and elderly in the building. Seven protesters were arrested and many others were cowardly attacked by police. Journalists were injured and had their right to freedom of the press threatened. Read more here.
A new chapter was added on this Monday, August 5, to the novel involving the Village Maracanã when a group of 20 indigenous and students occupied the building in ruins of the ancient Indian Museum after the Governor Sergio Cabral’s promise that the building would not be demolished but transformed into a cultural center indigenous. A squad of Shock stormed the building and threatened to use force to remove occupants but due to the impact of the event – which was being broadcast live on independent media Ninja and was mobilizing public opinion through the social networks – retreated. After a meeting between the occupants and the Secretary of Culture Adriana Rattes carried out in place, it was established that the former Indian museum will be converted into a indigenous cultural center but all occupants camped can no longer live on site. They will have to leave the building or will be withdrawn by police in the next hours.
On Tuesday, July 30, the bursting of a adductor of CEDAE, state enterprise responsible for providing water to the population, caused the death of a girl of three years, caused injuries to 15 people, destroyed dozens of homes and flooded almost 4 blocks in Mendanha Road in Campo Grande. Arriving at the site – as required by the political primer that pretends to care about someone else’s misfortune – the Governor Sergio Cabral and Mayor Eduardo Paes finished antagonized by the locals and had to leave the place hurriedly. Read more here.
Recently, the governor of Rio was asked about the overuse that makes of helicopters every day to go from his home to the Guanabara Palace (a distance of just 10 km), or from Rio to his home in Mangaratiba, where he spends the final weekend with his wife, two children, two nannies and Juquinha his pet dog. The helicopter, an Agusta AW109 Grand New, was purchased for 7 million dollars after Cabral flew in a helicopter equal and ownership of his friend Eike Batista. “We had to take to Mangaratiba the hairdresser, a doctor, a surfboard, friends of the children. A babysitter came to Rio pick a garment that the first lady had forgotten. A maid came to make market purchases. Is the helicopter of joy”, says a pilot. In the market, the rental of a helicopter of this type costs 4,000 dolars by hour. Cabral’s spending with the equipment is about 130,000 dollars per month, or 1.6 million dollars per year. All paid with taxpayer money. Read more here.
Police are using tear gas out of date and with 10% more of concentration?
On Friday, August 1, actor and singer Fernando da Silva, 34, better known as Fernandão, a founder of the Baixada Guerilla Film, died after being admitted to a hospital after of feeling bad when inhaling large amounts of tear gas and pepper spray during a protest on 20 June. According to records released by the Hospital Israelita Albert Sabin, where he was hospitalized of 25 June to July 31, the actor “had pulmonary disease, but despite the treatment received, the progress was not satisfactory.” Public Ministry promises to investigate whether the actor’s death was a result of excessive tear gas inhaled by him. Read more here. In a video posted on YouTube shortly before his death, Fernando makes an emotional testimony and believes he will recover and return to their struggle for a better Brazil:
In Belém, Pará, the street cleaner Cleonice Vieira de Moraes, 54, died on June 21 of a heart attack while working after ingesting large amounts of tear gas during a protest. According to a coworker Cleonice, “we were all talking there, we were all quiet. When that seemed to pepper gas caught fire in the eyes of the people, everyone got sick, and it was then that Cleonice began coughing, coughing and unable to breathe and called an ambulance”. The witness asked to be not identified for fear of reprisals at work. Read more here.
There are suspicions that the PM is using gas bombs out of date and with 10 percent more concentration, which may cause the death of individuals suffering from heart and respiratory diseases. Tear gas works by irritating mucous membranes in the eyes, nose, mouth and lungs, and causes crying, sneezing, coughing, difficulty breathing, pain in the eyes, temporary blindness, etc. With CS gas, symptoms of irritation usually appear after 20–60 seconds of exposure and commonly resolve within 30 minutes of leaving (or being removed from) the area. With pepper spray (OC gas), the onset of symptoms, including loss of motor control, is almost immediate, forcing the victim to abandon aggressive behavior in 90% of cases.
As with all non-lethal, or less-than-lethal weapons, there is some risk of serious permanent injury or death when tear gas is used. This includes risks from being hit by tear gas cartridges, which include severe bruising, loss of eyes, skull fracture, and even death. While the medical consequences of the gases themselves are typically limited to minor skin inflammation, delayed complications are also possible: people with pre-existing respiratory conditions such as asthma, who are particularly at risk, may sometimes require hospitalization or even ventilation support. Skin exposure to CS may cause chemical burns or induce allergic contact dermatitis. When people are hit at close range or are severely exposed, eye injuries involving scarring of the cornea can lead to a permanent loss in visual acuity. Read more here.
In São Paulo (#OcupaAlckmin)
Following the model of occupation practiced by protesters from Rio de Janeiro, protesters in São Paulo are camped in front of the Bandeirantes Palace, seat of the state government, asking for the immediate exit of the Governor Geraldo Alckmin, accused of embezzlement, overpricing works and fraud involving the metro SP.
The protesters are being threatened and suffering repression in their right to free expression by the police force. In the video below, police and security agents Palace refuse to help a woman who gets ill after suffering a seizure during the protests.
In the video, a photo montage, a cop attacks so cowardly and free a young woman who participated in the protests:.
In Belo Horizonte:
Protesters occupy since Thursday the building of the Prefecture of Belo Horizonte. Some are protesting on a hunger strike for several days. The act of stay was following an act of receiving the councilors who returned from recess and asks to convene the public hearing required and expected in the organic law in the city – where the mayor should attend to provide accounts of the management of the city – and the opening spreadsheets of bus companies. Read more here. This Saturday, one protester who was on hunger strike fainted and needed medical attention:
Everyone can follow the protests in Brazil through the alternative media, as the team of reporters from Media Ninja, independent journalists with an Iphone and a lot of courage to go to the streets to show the truth that the mainstream media does not want to show: http://www.webrealidade.tk.