2 million Brazilians protest against gov’t corruption, spending, and taxes

Imagine the entire population of Hawaii — every man, woman, child, and transgender — showing up for a violent protest.

How about the entire population of Hawaii (pop. in 2012: 1,392,313) AND Washington, D.C. (pop. 632,323)?

That’s how many people demonstrated last Thursday night in 80 cities across Brazil.

And yet, did you see this on the alphabet TV news?

Huge crowds of demonstrators march in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Huge crowds of demonstrators march in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: Zuma/Rex Features

Jonathan Watts reports for the UK’s The Guardian, June 21, 2013:

Brazil‘s president, Dilma Rousseff, and key ministers are to hold an emergency meeting on Friday following a night of protests that saw Rio de Janeiro and dozens of other cities echo with percussion grenades and swirl with teargas as riot police scattered the biggest demonstrations in more than two decades.

The protests were sparked last week by opposition to rising bus fares, but they have spread rapidly to encompass a range of grievances, as was evident from the placards. “Stop corruption. Change Brazil”; “Halt evictions”; “Come to the street. It’s the only place we don’t pay taxes“; “Government failure to understand education will lead to revolution”.

Rousseff’s office said she had cancelled a trip to Japan next week.

A former student radical herself, Rousseff has tried to mollify the protesters by praising their peaceful and democratic spirit. Partly at her prompting, Rio, São Paulo and other cities have reversed the increase in public transport fares, but this has failed to quell the unrest.

A vast crowd – estimated by the authorities at 300,000 and more than a million by participants – filled Rio’s streets, one of a wave of huge nationwide marches against corruption, police brutality, poor public services and excessive spending on the World Cup.

A minority of protesters threw stones, torched cars and pulled down lamp-posts. Police responded by firing volleys of pepper spray and rubber bullets into the crowd and up onto overpasses where car drivers and bus passengers were stuck in traffic jams. At least 40 people were injured in the city and many more elsewhere.

Simultaneous demonstrations were reported in at least 80 cities, with a total turnout that may have been close to 2 million. An estimated 110,000 marched in São Paulo, 80,000 in Manaus, 50,000 in Recife and 20,000 in Belo Horizonte and Salvador.

Clashes were reported in the Amazon jungle city of Belem, Porto Alegre in the south, Campinas north of São Paulo and Salvador.

Thirty-five people were injured in the capital Brasilia, where 30,000 people took to the streets. In São Paulo, one man was killed when a frustrated car driver rammed into the crowd. Elsewhere countless people, including many journalists, were hit by rubber bullets.

The vast majority of those involved were peaceful. Many wore Guy Fawkes masks, emulating the global Occupy campaign. Others donned red noses – a symbol of a common complaint that people are fed up being treated as clowns.

Rio de Janeiro protests An Anonymous mask stands out in the crowd. Photograph: Pedro Koeler/Corbis

“There are no politicians who speak for us,” said Jamaime Schmitt, an engineer. “This is not just about bus fares any more. We pay high taxes and we are a rich country, but we can’t see this in our schools, hospitals and roads.” Many in the mostly young, middle class crowd were experiencing their first large protest.

Matheus Bizarria, who works for the NGO Action Aid, said people had reached the limit of their tolerance about longstanding problems that the Confederations Cup and World Cup have brought into focus because of the billions of reals spent on new stadiums rather than public services. Rio is also due to host a papal visit to World Youth Day next month, and the Olympics in 2016.

“It’s totally connected to the mega-events,” Bizarria said. “People have had enough, but last year only 100 people marched against a bus price rise. There were 1,000 last week and 100,000 on Monday. Now we hope for a million.”

Initially the mood in Rio was peaceful. When a handful of people began tearing down posters for the Confederations Cup, the rest of the crowd sat down around them and shamed them with shouts of “no violence” and “no vandalism”.

But later protesters pulled down security cameras, smashed bus stops and torched cars. Every hoarding that advertised the Confederations Cup was destroyed.

Police had increased their numbers more than 10-fold from Monday, and were quickly on the offensive.

After a confrontation near the city hall, they drove back the protesters, who fled coughing and with tears streaming down their cheeks. At least one person was hit by rubber bullets, and showed the bruise on his leg where he was hit.

Some were furious that the police action seemed indiscriminate. “Where we had been tranquil, then suddenly they started firing gas into the crowd. People were scared and appalled,” said Alessandra Sampaio, one of the protesters. “They are cowards. They wanted to disperse the crowd never mind who it was. I’m very angry. It was a real abuse of power.”

Victor Bezerra, a law student, said the police action was like something from the dictatorship era. “These are bad days for Brazil. The police were acting just like they did 30 years ago.”

The crowd were driven into side streets and back towards the central station by lines of police backed by officers carrying shotguns on horseback and motorbikes.

“Look at this. It’s hard to believe. Terrible!”, said Ellie Lopes, a 22-year-old passerby, as she surveyed the debris and flames.

Riot police eventually cleared the entire central area, but they were still dispersing gatherings in the Lapa music and bar district late into the night. As helicopters buzzed overhead, they fired teargas into the crowded square next to a concert by the band Cannibal Corpse. Hotdog kiosk vendors found themselves with sore and streaming eyes, inadvertently pushed onto a moving frontline.

Despite the crackdown, many said they would return to the streets for the next demonstration, planned for Saturday [that’s today].

Political corruption. Wasteful government spending. Oppressive taxes. Public Government schools that aren’t working. A president who’s a former student radical.

Sound familiar?

I wonder when the American people finally will have had enough . . . .

H/t FOTM’s Sunny

~Eowyn

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0 responses to “2 million Brazilians protest against gov’t corruption, spending, and taxes

  1. Should have protested at the same time with the same power,”people”.

     
  2. Only 2 million? There’s over ten times that many protesting here and no one pays attention to us. They just want to tap our phones and our emails.

     
  3. Reblogged this on USA VICTIM OF LETHAL NWO GANG STALKERS PSYOPs COINTELPRO MIND WARS of SPACE PRESERVATION & PATRIOT ACTS and commented:
    Our world has and is still under assault by the global inbred elitists.

     
  4. This is a socialist nation (south america), a democracy, running out of other peoples money.
    Why should we a “Republic” behave as they or as the Arab spring uprisings?

     
  5. Hope you will report on today’s (Saturdays) activities in Brazil because there isn’t any mention of it on my tv set.

     
  6. That’s what I believe they’re stocking up on guns and ammo for. They’re afraid the whole house of cards will come down,

     
  7. Dear Eowyn,
    It is very complex to talk about the protests in Brazil. They are the Brazilian version of the “Arab spring”. The whole thing begun with a bunch of university students, I mean useful idiots, under influence and control of a number of extreme left-wing political parties and organizations (that are infiltrated in every single university in Brazil nowadays) – among them the PT (the President’s party). All the organizations and parties involved in the protests are receiving governmental money, aka other people’s money. It is pure social engineering based on Gramsci’s ideas, the best example of cultural marxism. This is the “beauty” of the left. They are not supposed to make sense, they are the government and the opposition. It does not matter which side wins, they will always win. There is no real opposition in Brazil. I believe the protests might result in total hegemony of the left in the country.
    Brazil and most of South America (perhaps even most Latin America) are under the influence of the Foro de Sao Paulo – an organization that aims to bring Socialism to America. Foro de Sao Paulo was founded by Lula and Fidel Castro. And guess whom is giving them money??? Oh yes, Soros. BTW, Soros is also behind the protests (he funds move.on, voteforchange, avaaz etc).
    And about the President of Brazil, she is not only a former student radical, she is a former terrorist, that held arms in order to bring Socialism to Brazil. She is proud of her crimes (she claims she was fighting against a facist dictatorship, when in reality the dictatorship was a response to the left’s attempt to bring Socialism to Brazil) and is directly or indirectly involved in the murder of more than 20 people.
    Do the people of Brazil have a reason to protest? Of course they do!!! All the reasons in the world. Brazilians work 5 months a year just to pay taxes. Nevertheless the public health and education are horrible. The country has 50 thousand deaths a year due to violence. Building the stadiums for the world cup 2014 has cost, this far more than what was used in the last 3 world cups. Corruption is “doing business as usual” and there is no punishment for those who are caught with public money in their pockets. But what they are doing right now is to give legitimization to the left win, even though they think they might be able to take the protest from the left and make it non-partisan. Lon is right, it is a socialist country, running out of other people’s money, trying to divert attention and gather even more control. I am afraid it will result in pure unhappiness as it was the result of the Arab spring. The people might think they are fighting for their rights, but they are only giving legitimization to more and more socialism in the country.

     
    • Thank you, Sieg, for your thoughtful analysis and insight — as a Brazilian.

      The Left (let’s just call a spade a spade), i.e., commies, are very good at using a populist uprising to manipulate and subvert it into what they want. Rahm Emanuel called it “not letting a good crisis go to waste.”

      The Leninist Bolsheviks did that to the Russian Revolution; the Maoists did to the Chinese Revolution; the radical Islamists have done that to the Egyptian “Arab Spring”, etc. etc.

       
      • It is not only that they are using the populist uprisings… they are behind them, they are creating them.

         
  8. The unrest is spreading to Italy.

    Today (Saturday), 100,000 workers and unemployed people marched in Rome to protest against Italy’s record 12% unemployment (above 40% for young people under 24 years old) and call on PM Enrico Letta’s two-month-old government to deliver more than empty rhetoric on the issue. The massive rally was organised by Italy’s three largest unions.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/22/italy-unemployment-workforce-march-rome

     

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