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Protests in Brazil against profligate spending and poor services extend to major cities

Tuesday, June 18th 2013 - 07:27 UTC
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Demonstrators clashed with police in central Rio do Janeiro on Monday evening as more than 200,000 people turned out to the streets of major Brazilian cities to protest the billions of dollars spent on the Confederations Cup, higher public transport costs, corruption and poor services. Read full article


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  • ChrisR

    Getting more like The Dark Country every day by the look of it but instead of banging pots it's 'youths' (no females?) taking over goverment property.

    Jun 18th, 2013 - 11:10 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Tobers

    Oh dear. Its all kicking off. Looks like Brazil has had the same 'Decade Won' as Argentina. The holes are getting bigger and bigger and just before the World Cup. It' s not looking good. People from different social strata are united in their disapproval of the government. And many of us were using Brazil as a positive example to the region just a few months ago! I guess we should have taken our cue from the way that Brazil deals with Argentina and the other Bolivarian states.

    Jun 18th, 2013 - 01:30 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    I find it particularly funny that anyone though a Marxist Guerrilla would have any idea how to run an economy.

    Brazil the country of the future...
    never ever the present

    Jun 18th, 2013 - 01:40 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    'The Rio protesters, mostly middle-class youths, railed against the police crackdown in Rio, Brasilia and above all Sao Paulo ..'

    Would these be Brasilian middle class or eg UK middle class? - there is a huge difference.
    And would these Brasilian youths be tax-payers?
    Like the whole world over, likely most are registered as 'student' at the local university campuses. And what's wrong with a bit of protest marching; many of us did it. But arson is unacceptible, and being run down by police motorbikes is also unacceptible.

    Probably they are tax beneficiaries but not tax payers.

    Some will be there decrying the spend of the people's money on anything other than them .... though they are the major attendees at the football matches.

    Yes, I'm well used to the mind block that prefers the grey life of a socialist existence where the Bolsa pays for their food (grow-your-own in rural Brasil is dying out fast), and education comes free (inasmuch as it is not paid for by them but by taxpayers).

    Quality of life is NOT a free good in an increasingly urban society like Brasil.
    Even Carnival comes at a cost. Football and the olympics welcome the world to a country which is 'far away' and relatively tourist-poor.
    For people to come again - or even stay and invest their money, like me - you have to attract them there a first time.
    Brasil's tourist infrastructure is woefully underdeveloped and the immigration processes are horrendous;
    getting more people there for a first time is the name of the game ...
    winning their return to add income to the national coffers benefits every Brasilian - tax-payer and tax-beneficiary alike.

    Be thankful, my Brasil, that your street protests are not like those of Syria.

    Jun 18th, 2013 - 02:08 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Math

    The left started the movement and now backfired: people are angry at the PT's judicial reforms like (PEC 37), angry at assistencialism, angry at Dilma and Lula, people booed PSOL and PSTU massively, specially in Porto Alegre where the riots are definetely against corruption and governement spending. Gauchos rejected the passe livre idea, only demanded for increasing the quality of the transport. Next capitals are Teresina and Sao Luis and they are not about “Passe livre” anymore, just more quality of the service. It became an anti-corruption movement with shades of anarchy, no ideologies, no party flags at all, and it is spreading in the whole country, even smaller cities.

    Jun 18th, 2013 - 03:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    From the previous two contributors it doesn't look like it's going to end well.

    Jun 18th, 2013 - 04:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Fido Dido

    “However acts of vandalism were reported in Rio and Porto Alegre in south Brazil.”
    And that's why they, the protesters, lost their argument. They, the protesters who use/used violence are nothing more than a bunch of losers (poor mindset).

    “I find it particularly funny that anyone though a Marxist Guerrilla would have any idea how to run an economy.”

    I find it particularly funny that their are still ideologues here in the US and still can't understand that the country is ruled by a Fascist government that only has ideas how to run the economy into the ground and make the people slaves for the rest of their lives. Grow up Mexican yankee dickhead and stop drinking the kool-aid that makes you believe that we are better off here.

    “Brasil's tourist infrastructure is woefully underdeveloped and the immigration processes are horrendous”
    But the protesters are bitching that they are spending on infrastructures that suppose to improve the tourist industry and after the world cup..geez..
    Immigration process is a nightmare, but what is your solution, because they can't handle an immigration process where the door is wide open..Do you want Brazil to become like the US where the illegal aliens (mainly.. 90%) from EL MEHICO (yankeemoron) are flooding the system and demand free greencards and direct access to become a US citizen to get benefits?

    Those Brazilians have to make up their mind when it comes to investing in public transportation. And let's be fair here, Brazilians always bitched about the corruption, but they keep voting for the same idiots in their local government, state government and federal government....(gee sounds familiar for where I am..bla bla bla bla and keep voting for the same clowns over and over who are the problem according to the protesters)..So what is their solution?

    “The left started the movement and now backfired”
    The problem of the leftwing idiot youth is that they want everyting free. The so called right there are ideologues (losers).

    Jun 18th, 2013 - 04:49 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    Fido, If you don't like your chosen homeland I suggest you go back to whatever horrible place you originated.
    My family has been in New England for almost 400 years and I find it revolting that a new immigrant bashes the USA as you do on a daily basis.
    You are truly a disgusting individual void of any decency.

    Jun 18th, 2013 - 06:09 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    8 yankeeboy

    In common with the lack of intellect, the Dildo also lacks a green card.

    Jun 18th, 2013 - 06:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    He's probably angry because he's unemployable in a legal job. It is a hard life when you are illegal in the USA.

    Jun 18th, 2013 - 06:32 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    I think I know you.
    Goes all well with you?

    Jun 18th, 2013 - 06:46 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Math

    @11 I'm fine, but I think we don't know each other. Hahaha

    Jun 19th, 2013 - 01:35 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Math

    Next Dilma's move to regain popularity?

    Jun 19th, 2013 - 03:34 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    Good pic;-), my old friend from Unicamp.

    Jun 19th, 2013 - 09:25 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Math

    @14 Oh, I'm not him. :)

    Jun 19th, 2013 - 02:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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