What's happening in São Paulo?

Between Syria, Turkey and the G8, it's hard to keep track of popular resistance to oligarchy and corruption, but please don't forget São Paulo, where the police are treating public anti-corruption demonstrations with all the bedwetting cowardice of a tinpot dictatorship. Here's Feridos no protesto em São Paulo, a multilingual tumblr devoted to covering the protests, and above, an excellent video from Change Brazil explaining what's at stake.


  1. “…bedwetting cowardice of a tinpot dictatorship.” A serious issue that needs further exposure, but this post is worth it just for that!

  2. Thanks for sharing it at boingboing!
    It’s incredible how little coverage Brazil is getting, the media in Brazil is unfortunately controlled in part by friends of politicians, so I guess not everyone understand in Brazil why people are protesting. It’s not about those 0.20cents (as explained very good in this video you posted).

  3. Sorry but when my father left Brasil 59 years ago he took all the intelligence with him.

    1. How is the PSDB chavismo? First, Chavez was from Venezuela, not Brazil. Second, the state of Sao Paulo is ruled by the PSDB, which opposes the PT, the national government party in Brazil. The PSDB represents the old neo liberal latin american politics, exactly the opposite of chavismo. The same happens in Argentina, where the capital, Buenos Aires, and other big districts, such as Cordoba, are ruled by neo liberal right wing politicians who oppose the national government.

      1. PT, Lula, and now Dilma supported Chávez to his death. Now they support Maduro. 

        That aside, many, most, I’d say of the things he’s complaining about, seem like nation wide issues. Very similar to the issues we have in Venezuela, specially with the salary gap between politicians, military and the rest of people, and how salaries for teachers have been neglected for years.

        1.  Of course the PT supports the socialist government of Venezuela. Both are workers’ governments. But that doesn’t make the PT “chavist”, it has its own identity.
          It’s interesting how you don’t mention the bourgeois elites, all the business people that exploited the Venezuelan people until Chavez came to power. You should watch the move “The war on democracy” http://johnpilger.com/videos/the-war-on-democracy-versi-n-en-espa-ol-

          After about 10 years of popular governments in many Latin American countries (Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Uruguay, etc) the region, for the first time in history, has more people in the middle class than poor people.

          1. It’s interesting how they are in charge, running a govt where politicians and military are making obscene amount of money while teachers live almost in poverty, yet you ignore that.

            In Venezuela we had free education, all the way to the university, and social programs before Chávez came. Bourgeois elites still are sucking our blood. Like Chevron Texaco lending Maduro’s govt 2bn dollar. 

            Perú also has advanced out of poverty, without a “popular” govt. And a lot of the supposed miracle in Venezuela, was poverty that happened on the first years of Chávez govt.

  4. Funny how what he describes is pretty much what happened in Venezuela, but there we have a personality cult going on.

    Yet, some of the same people who love Chávez, supports theses protests. It’s a crazy world

  5. Some people are reporting that Police in Rio de Janeiro are arresting people with cameras, and the transmission of the protests over TV is forbidden.

    We may hear more about this later tonight/tomorrow 

  6. This just came in: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=dy-8Oeh6qK0 

    It happened today at Rio de Janeiro.

    1.  they should get people to rob all the places selling tickets to the world cup & olympics. constantly. all over the globe.

      & ddos online vendors too

      1. Heavy international pressure needs to be exerted on Brazilian politicians immediately. They are going to be front and center for the world cup and olympics, and we will be complicit in corruption if we do not force them to change. Unlike most leaders in this world I have no problem taking responsibility for a better future for everyone. Its actually the part of general equilibrium theory that no one seems to want to practice. So we know how to act best unfortunately we continue to chose otherwise. 

  7. Today:  Risks getting seriously injured protesting the government
    Tomorrow: Reelects the same government it was protesting the day before

    Of course, the people on the streets right now are probably a little better at knowing their representatives than the huge uneducated majority that votes for whoever their pastor/priest tell them to.

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