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Brazilian police challenge Rousseff and threaten to strike during the World Cup

Tuesday, February 4th 2014 - 09:03 UTC
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Only four weeks away from the World Cup and in a climate of growing social unrest Brazil police unions are threatening the government of President Dilma Rousseff with a national strike. For Rousseff it also means an additional challenge since on February 10 the ruling Workers Party will be launching her re-election bid for next October's presidential election. Read full article

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  • Stevie

    Can't wait until..... March?

    Hahahahaha!!

    MP has hired yanqui too!

    Feb 04th, 2014 - 09:20 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeneWhitmer

    4-weeks away from the World Cup?

    Feb 04th, 2014 - 10:14 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    Weeks, month... what does it matter staring at a penguin, conqui...

    I understand your frustration...

    Feb 04th, 2014 - 10:20 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Gordo1

    Just been in Central America for several weeks - very little enthusiasm for World Cup tournament unlike previous occasions. Same here in UK - all the bad news from Brasil is putting people off.

    Feb 04th, 2014 - 11:34 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    Yes, evil tongues are saying they wont make it until March and the WC will be held in the summer instead...

    Feb 04th, 2014 - 11:45 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • zathras

    Four MONTHS !!! 12th June 2014 Brazil v Croatia, 5pm (local time) KO.

    Feb 04th, 2014 - 01:04 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    Brazil: going downhill almost as fast as The Dark Country.

    Feb 04th, 2014 - 03:59 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @1, 3, 5 Five months, Stevikins. To finish building all the venues. Find about 50 places for aircraft to land, park and take off. Kill all the protesters. Make Brazil look like a “normal” country. Realistically, shouldn't take more than 500 years. How's it going to be done in 5 months? Would you like some British help? If we were to land a 100-kiloton warhead on each of the 12 venues plus one on Montevideo and one on Buenos Aires, would that help? If you ask nicely, we could launch a second missile. Please note how WE in Britain are always ready to help. Would you like 2 or 3 missiles for Montevideo? Look on the bright side. The “channels” in the River Plate could be 200 foot deep! Montevideo could be a free-floating island.

    Feb 04th, 2014 - 04:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Escoses Doido

    Must admit I'm enjoying the current exchange rates just now.....

    Feb 04th, 2014 - 04:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    While the games inside the stadiums may run according to plan, the infrastructure on the outside is so crappy that the foreign tourista are in for unpleasant surprises....good luck with trying to get to the stadiums - public transport pretty shitty...try flying to see a game in a different State - overcrowded airports, cancelled flights.....try getting a room for the night...if you have'nt reserved some package deal, well in advance, forget about it...unless you're willing to pay US$ 1000 per night..in some shabby hotel ....be prepared to pay through the nose for a meal.....not to mention the safety problem...pickpockets and muggers will be out in full force to welcome the tourists....After being mugged, try getting the police to help you...tough shit, it won't happen...don't get clobbered by the police when they mistake you for some unruly protester....and when you catch the plane back to wherever you came from, consider yourself lucky to have survived. Quite frankly, I hope the whole thing is a bloody fiasco...first of all because it was a political gamble by Lula to boost his popularity when it was in the crapper...Brazil is going to pay heavily for his irresponsibility ....second, there are a million things to be done, far more important to the Brazilians than hosting the Championship...third, if Brazil wins, the worker's party (basis of the Federal Government) will exploit it politically until the cows come home, regardless of the fact that the country is coming apart at the seams.....

    Feb 04th, 2014 - 06:49 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    One has to wonder if these games are going to be played or not,

    in safety of not,

    I think I will watch it on TV .

    Feb 04th, 2014 - 07:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    @11, excellent idea......wouldn't go to a stadium even if I had free tickets....

    Feb 04th, 2014 - 09:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Tik Tok

    People taking their chances to put pressure on for better conditions of health, security and education is only a natural consequence of such blinded ambition by stupid politicians who are glory hunters and wanted to look important, they have squandered billions on this tournament at the expense of the majority of Brazilian society.

    Feb 05th, 2014 - 02:45 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Narine T. Nüster

    What a shock, the Anglos rooting AGAINST a non-Anglo to fail.

    Most insecure, jealous, misanthropic people on Earth. Fact.

    Funny they did not say the same things about the world Cup in South Africa.

    BTW, the London Olympics were the a disaster too. Even before they started with police strikes, wrong anthems, wrong flags, half-empty venues, and rude local authorities. And it left the city with a huge fiscal hole.

    @8

    Can't wait till Iran irradiates London.

    Feb 05th, 2014 - 04:29 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Tik Tok

    No N Nutter, rooting against self serving politicians which are all to common in South America. There will be very little legacy from this Brazilian event.

    Feb 05th, 2014 - 06:23 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Narine T. Nüster

    Right and the London Olympics were what exactly, not self-serving Tony Blair at work?

    Get out of here.

    Feb 05th, 2014 - 06:29 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    Seems it's going to be the best WC ever.
    No sour grapes are attending.

    Everybody is going but this lot.... Splendid!!

    Feb 05th, 2014 - 08:26 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    @14 “”What a shock, the Anglos rooting AGAINST a non-Anglo to fail.
    Most insecure, jealous, misanthropic people on Earth. Fact. Funny they did not say the same things about the world Cup in South Africa“”..
    Misanthropic ?? says who ? Nostrils ? well, maybe you're an authority on the subject ??
    Nostrils, the fact is that tik-tok, in his # 15, sums it up very well...and what's more, the subject here is the World Cup in Brazil, not South Africa, nor the London Olympics.....and, as far as your first sentence is concerned ,“What a shock, the Anglos rooting AGAINST a non-Anglo to fail”.....it's not a matter of Anglos wanting a non-anglo to fail...it's a concerned citizen seeing corrupt politicians using the competition as a means to placate the peoples' anger against failed government policies in every field, and in the process, pocketing millions....this has nothing to do them being Brazzos, or anything remotely similar....all countries have corrupt politicians, the problem in Brazil - and the rest of LA, is that they are so brazen-faced about it...if they get caught, just deny it, at worst be sacked, and NEVER give back the product of their corruption ....but I suppose that YOU support this state of affairs...

    Feb 05th, 2014 - 04:31 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • pisco

    (16) Narine T. Nuster
    A relative of mine argues with me in this manner. He throws out some common bone, then proceeds to make the most rediculous connections. He was trained at the Patrice Lumumba University(maybe it has changed), so his way of never seeking nor caring about the truth is undersrtandable. While I am cordial, I never discuss anything deep with him.

    Feb 06th, 2014 - 05:36 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    @19, Pisco, “I never discuss anything deep with him”....you're right....with some people it's just no use...been so brainwashed they will not listen to the facts, and always resort to bs when they soon realize they cannot come up with a reasonable argument....
    Would like to see Nostril say something - sensible - regarding my #18...

    Feb 06th, 2014 - 08:06 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • little bill

    @11: You know what they say, “Brazil is not a country fore pussies.” I think your decision to remain at home is the correct one.

    Feb 07th, 2014 - 09:40 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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