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Sao Paulo protest against World Cup and demand more hospitals and schools

Monday, February 24th 2014 - 06:42 UTC
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Brazilian police used tear gas and made an estimated 230 arrests on Saturday evening to disperse a protest in Sao Paulo ahead of the World Cup. Among those arrested in Brazil's business hub, which will host the opening match of the World Cup on June 12, were five journalists, O Estado de Sao Paulo daily reported. Read full article


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  • ChrisR

    This is where it all starts!

    Feb 24th, 2014 - 10:16 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yasu

    I feel sorry for many lower income Brazilians who are asked to support & pay for W=Cup and Olympics when they are facing daily problems such as poor infrastructure,lack of sufficient number of medical facilities, poor housings, poor sanitary states (Copa Cabana is infested with untreated waste water including untreated feces, etc.). Brazil, being a third world country, wanted to show off their capability to hold some sporting events, but nowadays, they cost huge amounts of money, which should be spent to alleviate the above-mentioend problems. The money spent by Brazil is to enrich Fifa bureaucrats, construction companies, which are very corrupt. As to Olympics, it also enriches corrupt beureacrats, construction companies. Brazil is not a developed countries such as US, Russia, & Japan. Also it does not have money like China, Japan and Russia. Brazil has better industries than all other South American countries such as Argentina but due to the huge Amazon area, it has hand-full problems, although it is a big source for some ingredients for new medicines, but often stolen by the US and EU, which patent them. I do not know exactly what Rousseff is doing or trying to do, but she has to face huge corruptions, agricultural problems as it has huge GM (genetically modified) soybeans, etc., which are poisonous to human health. This is a big problem for Argentina.

    Feb 24th, 2014 - 10:27 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brasileiro

    @ 2

    All Arenas belong to private initiative. So there is no public money at stake!

    Feb 24th, 2014 - 10:42 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    This lot cares little for the poor.
    Never mind their moaning, for using the poor while advocating for politics that made them poor and kept them so for generations is just disgusting...

    Feb 24th, 2014 - 04:47 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    Brazil keep your eyes on Veneztina:

    and Brazil

    It spreading through SA like a wild fire.

    Feb 24th, 2014 - 05:15 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    @4 How do you walk around with that HUGE chip on your shoulder?

    Brazilians keep Brazilians poor. Venezuelans keep Venezuelans poor. The politics of the current Venezuelan government, modelled on the Cuban model, has not eradicated the poor and it never will. Cuba has had decades to improve the lives of the Cuban poor but they still live day to day in grinding poverty. What they give them is hope, followed by a few handouts, followed by brain washing, isolation (so they don't realise how much better people live in free market economies), and clamping the media so there is no opposition, fear of retribution for challenging authority and the creation of a mythical enemy. (Though in the case of Cuba, the USA slipped too easily into the role). The poor are still poor because if they gained any wealth they would be a threat to the dictatorship.

    The problem is, it is not as easy to apply the Cuban model because people have far more access to the world through social media.

    Feb 24th, 2014 - 06:54 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    @4, Stevie...for once I have to agree with you,,,the Brazilian Government , i.e., Lula, asked FIFA to host the World Cup, with 2 objectives ...One to keep on fooling the people by making them believe that their lives will improve if the Cup is played in Brazil, and two, the chance to steal billions from the multi-billion dollar budget presented by the Federal Government.... BUT, one word of advice....don't lower yourself even further by befriending the Brasileiro asshole, in #3 - his statement :“ All Arenas belong to private initiative. So there is no public money at stake!”” couldn't be further away from the truth...every bloody cent came from the BNDES (Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Social).. IF the money had come from the private sector, WHY WOULD the people be protesting the Governments' uncontrolled spending, and complaining that US$ 30 billion (cost of the stadiums) has gone into investments which won't improve anybody's life ? except for the politicians and the construction companies ??? wake up !! and to make matters worse, we all had to hear Pelé (you know, ex-soccer player, contracted by the CBF - Confederação Brasileira de Futebol as a good will ”ambassador') send a really stupid message to the people, “don't worry about the money stolen from the stadiums, you'll get it back from the tourists”..... he should know about the stolen money ....his share is already in some Swiss bank.

    Feb 24th, 2014 - 09:35 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 6 ElaineB

    “Free energy” Stevie thinks that by giving money to the poor they are no longer poor and fit into society.

    The LatAm poor are no different to the poor in the UK, aka Chavs (don’t you love that) insofar as they never work at school and because their parents do not wok they see little sense in them doing so.

    Now, and here’s the rub for Uruguay, “No Money Mujica” has not grown jobs all the time he has Ruled us (his words) so he cannot get them into work anyway.

    We are now in the pitiful position of those low paid workers, who have enough pride to work, now have to subsidise the lazy bastards who have never worked and will never work and in consequence their take home pay is little more than the handout.

    And “Free energy” Stevie sees this as a win instead of what it really is: Tupamaro idiocy.

    Feb 24th, 2014 - 09:41 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    Everybody does what everybidy does best. Sadly, in your case, it's caring for yourselves and yourself only. Sure, you pay limosnas to different aid programmes. Mainly to feel good about yourselves instead of guilty for being the root of the problem.
    Venezuela is not Ucraina.
    Stay away.

    Feb 24th, 2014 - 10:56 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brasileiro

    @ 7

    Protest against the World Cup 2014? Less than 1000 people? 250 people arrested for disorderly conduct?

    Maybe you can explain to me!

    Feb 24th, 2014 - 10:56 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CabezaDura2

    Yes Ukraine has balls, Venezuela, Argentina, Cubans hasn’t… you see Ukranians are not latin cowards, they survived the atrocities of the Golden Hoard, Polish Catholic persecution, The Turkish raids, Stalin and Hitlers onslaught. They are people that suffered too much to be taken the piss by a pesky dictator, their entire history is made of hardships and recoveries like a Mussorgsky’s symphony of the Great gates of Kiev portraits. They are not cowards like the Latin-Americans are so all my respect to them and none to you and brasilero

    Feb 24th, 2014 - 11:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    Southern Ucraine is in uproar, wanting to split the nation in two for not having respected the outcome of the elections.
    How much media support would you reckon they get this time around?
    Do you support that initiative as well, or only when it fits your ideological agenda?
    Win the elections or take power by force, is that the democracy you stand for?

    Then you call our governments dictatorships...

    Feb 24th, 2014 - 11:40 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CabezaDura2

    @hypocrite Ex pat Stevie.

    Russia Today is more than a good enough international interlocutor for Yanukovich so would they be for pro Russian factions in Ukraine. If the really want to be Russians they can pack their bags to Moscow the same country that holds the gas cartel to control Ukraine and Eastern Europe. Like you can pack your bags and fly to VZLA or Uruguay

    I call your gov't dictatorship, the gov't you advocate for but you so happen to live in one of the most free and democratic countries in the world hence my disgust with your person

    Feb 24th, 2014 - 11:53 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    Well, in that case, the ucranians that took power by force should've packed their bags and moved to western Europe.

    That, or you are the hypocrite.

    They were minority in the latest elections after all...

    And shouldn't López and Capriles move to USA, or is it only your ideological counterpart that should be doing the moving?

    Feb 25th, 2014 - 12:20 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CabezaDura2

    hypocrite Ex pat Stevie.

    During the USSR times, Moscow implanted ethnic Russians in many of the former soviet republics. Specially in key strategic locations like the Crimean peninsula.
    I’ve browsed RT and nobody is complaining in eastern Ukraine.

    They were a majority when Yushchenko was elected and automatically the Kremlin raised the gas prices. When their man returned in the prices of gas were drawn down. Disgusting mafia.

    Capriles and Lopez and millions of protestors on the streets are Venezuelans they dont want to be Americans they want a different future for their country. Maduro is a president by scandalous fraud, Argentina is not a democracy either.

    You are scum of the lowest stevie

    Feb 25th, 2014 - 12:41 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    And you are no democrat.
    By voting or by force, one way or another you surely wish to parasite.

    It's over.

    No way back now, the people will never let go of their new found democracy.

    Cry on.

    Feb 25th, 2014 - 12:50 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CabezaDura2

    hypocrite Ex pat Stevie.

    Im sure to be a democrat far more than the likes of you... A Government that oppress and repress its people is no longer representative and democratic... Richard Nixon never repressed street protestors and he had to leave office none the less. Would you say his removal wasn’t democratic ??

    Feb 25th, 2014 - 01:22 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    You lot support yourselves and your media.

    Cry on.

    Feb 25th, 2014 - 06:22 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 9 “Free energy” Stevie

    No, it’s you who stays away and doesn’t pay taxes as I do in Uruguay.

    And we don’t need wanabe Tupamaros having poison poured in their ears by mommy and daddy who ran away when they thought that THEY might be getting the same treatment they had done to the citizens and Police of Uruguay.

    Didn’t like the thought of being caught on their own and being murdered eh? We can see where your hypocrisy comes from, can’t we?

    Still, the old Tupamaro twat will be gone soon, I just hope his harridan wife get’s chucked out with him but I doubt it.

    So no, take your own advice and keep away. Better still; stop posting on here as well.

    Feb 25th, 2014 - 10:21 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    18. What happened to all of your brilliant retorts of
    “We are all Chavez?”

    I wonder when you'll finally realize you are retarded?

    Feb 25th, 2014 - 12:29 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    We are all Chavez, yanqui.
    You lot can't stop, much less reverse this development that started with him.

    Regardless of your media.

    “We”? Who is “we” according to you?

    Fresh news from OUR Uruguay, obviously not the same country you call yours:

    Aww, sorry... Forgot you don't speak Spanish in your Uruguay...

    Feb 25th, 2014 - 01:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    Yankee stevie is right.....we “won't” stop the chubby movement. The people of Venezuela will though.

    “The authoritarian governments of Latin America -- not only Venezuela but also Cuba, Ecuador, and Nicaragua -- form almost a trade union of shared ugly interests.”

    Such democracy!!! DICTOCRACY

    Repress poor people and they hardly care because they will never get out of South American poverty. Repress people with an education and a thinking mind....wactch what happens. Who will be the first to flee in South America?

    Everyone is chubby, yet everyone who says that does so from the safety of Europe.

    The first domino has fallen and then cannot be changed. Events are in place and South American ex pats in Europe cannot stop anything.

    Bring on the insults Stephen.

    Feb 25th, 2014 - 01:35 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    Simple intent of a coup. Just as in 2002.

    And the people is mobilising.

    Just as in 2002.

    And Poppy, I have no need of insulting you.

    I never insult those I pity...

    Feb 25th, 2014 - 01:39 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    Stevie, Development must mean something else to you. In my book developed country's citizens have a clean as*.

    They are all Chavez, except the smart ones.

    I wonder how long it will take before you realize you are retarded

    Feb 25th, 2014 - 01:51 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    Insult all you need (which tends to be more and more).

    It changes nothing.

    You're not getting Venezuela.

    Feb 25th, 2014 - 01:54 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    It is so fun fun fun to watch it collapse!

    Huge oil reserves and a dirty As*
    Oh the joy of Marxism

    They are all Chavez, except the millions protesting and getting shot.

    Feb 25th, 2014 - 01:59 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CabezaDura2


    Have you ever known anything either than empty and hollow words hypocrite expat Stevie??

    Haven't you got anything else to offer scum bag??

    Feb 25th, 2014 - 02:01 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    Here, have a napkin...

    Feb 25th, 2014 - 02:10 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CabezaDura2


    the napkin can be given to the “We are All Chavez”... They will make a more use of it

    Feb 25th, 2014 - 02:11 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    Its nice that the “national police” (whatever that is) goon squad? enforcers? Are randomly firing tear gas and live ammo into the middle class neighborhoods at night.
    That sounds, what is that word these stupid Marxists like to use all the time D E M O C R A T I C?

    Fun to watch a collapse from afar isn't it Stevie?

    Feb 25th, 2014 - 02:20 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    Nah yanqui, it's not fun to watch mobsters wanting to impose their will on any nation without the necessary votes from the people they say to represent.

    Luckily the people defending the values of democracy are far more than the criminals...

    Feb 25th, 2014 - 02:24 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    Which are the criminals in your feeble mind?
    The goons firing tear gas into sleeping citizens condo buildings then shooting them when they run out of the building
    the peaceful protestors only fighting back when they are attacked?
    I'm a little confused

    We are all Chavez, except when we protest?

    Feb 25th, 2014 - 02:29 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CabezaDura2

    hypocrite Ex pat Stevie

    But you are a little late, the mobsters and criminals have already imposed their will last year over the people's will when Maduro came to power by fraud.

    Feb 25th, 2014 - 02:30 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    That's a consequence of you lot interfering in sovereign nations, offering millions of dollars to the local opposition in order to destabilize any nation of choice.
    You also have your media to create global “opinion” in order to justify your actions.

    Bye bye CNN.

    No Telesur in USA, no CNN in Venezuela. Fair enough.

    You little poor, sour looser, you...

    You better get used to it, it will get much worse for you.
    You'll be repeatedly beaten in democratic elections and there is nothing you can do about it except to whine...

    Feb 25th, 2014 - 02:40 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    Yes I free media is the bane of every Marxist Dictator. Well any dictator for that matter.

    I must have missed this, did the USA ship a couple plane full of rocks to adm the middle class?
    Because that is what they are using AGAINST BULLETS AND TEAR GAS fired by govt goon squads

    Feb 25th, 2014 - 02:46 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    Well, criminals needs to be dealt with. There are laws to follow. You can't impose any government by force in a democracy. Especially not in Venezuela.
    The people wont allow that.
    You lot should know, it's tried and failed already...


    Feb 25th, 2014 - 02:50 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CabezaDura2


    Are you sure ??
    There is not going to be a leftist president in Argentina for a generation after the kirchnerist gov't leaves office in 2015 max.

    Im not your brother hypocrite expat Stevie. Your wet dreams of a USSR of Latam have failed. Brazil's ambitions have failed, the fat ugly cow Dilma has only a WC stained with blood and corruption to offer. No real leadership. The future is over the Andes. Not in the Atlantic shores.

    You will be the same bitter loser that your mum and dad have being for half a century… That I of course living in Denmark, ain’t that right hypocrite ??

    Feb 25th, 2014 - 02:51 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    You are just being as bitter as you was when you left your country of origin, Cabeza.

    No need to involve me in your shortcomings in life...

    Feb 25th, 2014 - 02:58 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CabezaDura2


    Ohh but hypocrite Stevie you know I’m born and bred in Argentina… What are your really trying to project out of yourself?? If I was a foreigner I would have gone back to wherever I belong too.

    That you are maybe no even a expat but a Scandinavian born. I’m sure you are less Uruguayan tan those you attack as expats.

    Feb 25th, 2014 - 03:05 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    You are just another expat Cabeza.

    You know it.

    I know it.

    Like two people being in a room and one farts.

    Both knows...

    Feb 25th, 2014 - 03:11 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    CD it is easier to make you an “other”
    Its right from the Marxist playbook

    Feb 25th, 2014 - 03:14 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CabezaDura2

    No you just feel comfortable saying so because some how this makes it easier for your case... Because you are a LIAR AND A HYPOCRITE…. You wouldn’t survive a day in Uruguay or much less Venezuela if you had to make a living from it.

    Feb 25th, 2014 - 03:16 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    Suppressing people can only go on for so long. USSR is about the limits to where people will rise above their suppressors and fight back. That is what the Middle East is doing with the Arab spring and that is certainly what the Ukraine has done. The Ukraine actions have shaken Putin to the core and shattered his dream of a newer version of the former repressive regime, The USSR.
    Now, in South America....the educated have finally taken as much bullshit as they can process.......highest inflation in the world, The largest proven oil reserves yet the poorest country, food shortages, toilet paper shortages, media control, limited free speech, lack of jobs, no foreign investment,........what is their response? Coup this coup that, economic coup, world media coup, political coup......fucking idiots is what they are.
    Argentina sits by, shitting in they adult “depends” because they are too afraid to drop their pants in the bano.
    Ecuador just lost Quito to the opposition.
    and Brazil.....the mother is only beginning to heat up:

    It's malignant can't be stopped. While you feel pity for me, as I sit back and enjoy a free and comfortable life, I feel absolutely nothing for the likes of your lot as you reap what you sow.....and deserve it all.

    Feb 25th, 2014 - 03:18 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    No need to be upset, Cabeza.
    It's natural.
    There is not a single Argentine that is better at spelling in English than in Spanish.
    You are not going to convince me you are the first.

    We've been through this already , Cabeza...

    Feb 25th, 2014 - 03:19 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CabezaDura2

    You are right; I’m a foreigner living in another continent...As regarded to you. I was born and bred in Argentina you were born and bred in Scandinavia...

    Feb 25th, 2014 - 03:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    If you say so...


    Feb 25th, 2014 - 03:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    Poor Stevie sees the idyllic world his parents taught him imploding. The filthy Marxists showing their true THUG colors.

    It is hard when reality encroaches on fantasy.
    but it is fun to watch it from afar.

    rat a tat tat rat a tat tat
    soon it will all be over
    We are all Chevez except the smart ones.

    Feb 25th, 2014 - 03:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CabezaDura2

    46 hypocrite

    No its not because I say so.... It is so

    Feb 25th, 2014 - 03:29 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    @10, Brasileiro..“”Protest against the World Cup 2014? Less than 1000 people? 250 people arrested for disorderly conduct?
    Maybe you can explain to me!“”
    Brasileiro, your stupidity knows no limits...the people who go to the streets to show their dissatisfaction with the fact that the WCup is being held in Brazil, at the expense of much needed investments in public safety, public health, public transport, education etc, is only the very small tip of the iceberg...don't you read a decent newspaper ?? can't you afford it ? Well, it is a well known fact that dozens of millions - who don't run to the streets to protest - are fed up to their back teeth with the incomPeTence of this government ...But this makes me throw a question back at you, and see if “YOU can explain it to me” : Do you believe that the infrastructure in Brazil (public transport, roads, highways, airports, trains, underground, police forces, education, hospitals etc) is SO good that it does not need the US$ 30 billion wasted on 12 stadiums ?? when the people get sick, when they are victims of violent crime, when they are illiterate, when they are jobless, I suppose you think they are going to find the solutions to ytheir problems in some useless stadium ??? If you don't reply honestly, then you're just an ignorant cocksucker.

    @36 Stevie, “ Well, criminals needs to be dealt with. There are laws to follow. You can't impose any government by force in a democracy. Especially not in Venezuela. The people wont allow that ”“” rubbish . In a democracy one is supposed to be allowed to protest - against anything - without getting shot by the government. And your “the PEOPLE won't allow that”, tops all your crap so IS the PEOPLE protesting....
    Your #40 “Like two people being in a room and one farts”...nice analogy...are you one of those people ? I ask because you fart through your mouth all the time...keep it shut and give your ass a chance !

    Feb 25th, 2014 - 07:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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