Brazil rises up: 2M march across 80+ cities, 110,000 in the streets of Rio

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11 Responses to “Brazil rises up: 2M march across 80+ cities, 110,000 in the streets of Rio”

  1. fuzzyfuzzyfungus says:

    I see that the president is ‘proud’ of the protests; but only in a nice, harmless, theoretical sort of way, not one of those ‘actually having to change course’ sorts of ways.

  2. mvcmendes says:

    The president said that she is ‘proud’ of the protests because she has no other option, really. She also tried to minimize the acts by saying that “protesting is a typical behavior of younger people”.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      The phrase ‘deer in the headlights’ comes to mind.

    • spacedmonkey says:

      Bear in mind that, in her younger days, she was involved in the kidnapping of a US diplomat by a radical activist group.

    • Sigmund_Jung says:

      Some of the original organizers have denounced that right-wing groups are infiltrating the protests. The overall demands have risen from specific points (bus tariffs, PEC 37 — which is a law soo to be voted — etc) to abstract ones, like “end corruption”, “more education”, to blatantly illegal, like “arrest X, Y and Z”. It is simply impossible for any President to go to TV and say “all right, I am ending corruption now, I just need  to sign this paper”.

      What will happen from now on? A couple of scenarios:
      1) the government does not interfere in the protests, which will be used as camouflage from righ-wings, anarchists and the like to attack more buildings and make even more damage.
      2) the government uses the police to break down the violence with more violence (just check the stupid behavior of the Rio police last Thursday), and the clashes continue until some inocent is killed.
      [And by government, please remember that each state has control of the police -- it is not a Federal (Presidential) matter so far.]

      With both scenarios, the overall evaluation will be that the President has lost control of the situation. The result? Just check what happened to Lugo in Paraguay ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impeachment_of_Fernando_Lugo ), where this was used as an excuse for what was actually a coup d’état. Brazil is not Paraguay and it might not end in impeachment, but all this will certainly be used in the next elections.

      Are the protests legitimate? OF COURSE. But don’t be naïve: the movement is being captured.

  3. tombojarczuk says:

    Thanks for highlighting this Cory, we have a live thread at metafilter chronicling and aggregating links on this.

  4. Smidgen Dublin says:

    No, I’m not going to World Cup - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyejpPmZXn0

  5. LordInsidious says:

    So when are we going to wake up?

    • millie fink says:

      A lot of “us” are awake. Truly effective courses of action, however, remain illusory. Even dream like.

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