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FINALLY SOMETHING ABOUT BRAZIL’S SITUATION ON MY DASHBOARD
WE’RE LIVING A REVOLUTION! WE’VE BEEN IN AN ALMOST CIVIL WAR STATE FOR TWO WEEKS! WHAT THE HELL, FOREIGNERS? TALK ABOUT US!
what the fuck is going on with brazil? why have I not heard of this?
The first I heard about this was a very short bit on BBC news this morning. Someone is not doing their job properly.
What’s happening? I’m confused, in my country (Italy) this news has no spotlight, I just read in a brief article that 50000 people protested against the high costs of the World Cup, but damn, these photos show much more than 50000 people! °_° I get very angry when news are falsified in this way!
Okay, lemme try to explain the situation. The protest started after the government increased the price of the bus passport in 20 cents. People started going to the streets to protest against it, but in little time things spread and now its a fight against all forms of corruption that have been happening in Brazil. It’s not only for 20 cents, it’s because of all the years that the government has been shitting on Brazilian people.
Unfortunately many aspects of Brazil’s infrastructure are just terrible. There are no good public schools, no efficient public hospitals, people are dying in the corridors of hospitals because there’s no room or bed for them, the violence in the streets is incredibly high amidst many other problems. People really disliked the fact that the government invested some much in building and reforming stadiums for the World Cup 2014 while other, much important aspects of our country need improving.
Another aspects of our sad reality are the fact we have an open racist and homophobe evangelist leading the Commission of Human Rights. Marcos Feliciano says black people are cursed people, descending from some cursed son of Noah from Africa (or something like that), he also says that being gay is a disease. He said all that in his Twitter account. He even managed to make his proposal of a ‘gay cure’ be approved in his commission. The ‘gay cure’ says that psychologists can treat homosexuals as if they were diseased, as if they could be cured for being homosexual. The Council of Medicine and Psychology is revolted by this.
Other absurd new laws in progress of being approved are the ‘Unborn Child Statute’, that basically prevents RAPED women to go through an abortion. If approved, women pregnant of STILLBIRTH and ANENCEPHALIC babies will be FORCED to go through the ENTIRE gestation! And women who suffered NATURAL ABORTION will be under the risk of being investigated by the authorities. The authorities will also give some sort of financial aid to RAPED woman so they can raise their fruit of violence.
These are just some of the problems brazilians have been going through. If I were going to tell ALL THE PROBLEMS, this post would become gigantic.
With this image, people are also revolted with the press coverage. Our media is incredibly lead by sensationalism, so they cover whats happening the way they want. They always focus on the violent side of the manifest, showing almost only the vandalism and “forgetting” to show the peaceful, organized side of the protest, so the mass can think the riots don’t have a cause for this, or that they are just looking for trouble.
What these pictures say is that the media has been telling people that there are only about 50.000 brazilians on the street, while the photos clearly show that there’s more than 1 million people!
Nay has covered most of it, so these are just my two cents:
Another HUGE problem in Brazil is the government corruption. Now, of course one can’t do something so vague as “ending corruption” only with protests, but politicians have become, shall we say, so emboldened by their own excessive power and impunity that corruption can’t even be considered illegal anymore – they go so far as to vote for raises for their own salaries (a lowly alderman makes well over ten minimum wages; senators and members of parliment have privileges bordering on outrageous) and to vote constitutional amendments to increase their own powers in judging certain cases, basically giving the Congress power over the Public Ministry (i.e. public promoters) in matters of law.
Furthermore, it’s been well documented that we pay some of the highest taxes in the entire world while having very low HDI; the cost of living in the major cities is getting increasingly expensive (especially Rio, because of the World Cup and the Olympics) and yet public services are as crappy as ever, while steadily increasing in costs (like the bus fare, for eg.). The big changes and constructions are made for these events, when tourists can come and throw their money at Brazilian entrepreneurs, but nothing is done to improve the average living condition.
This type of thing has always been going on for decades with no hope for improvement (when you have to vote for “the least bad” politician instead of the better one, you can tell elections aren’t much of an improvement), but this year they took such outrageous turns (like the racist, homophobic religious maniac elected for representing human rights, or greedy rich farmers elected to represent the rights of natives and conservation of their lands) that suddenly things exploded.
The 20 cents of the bus fare were simply the trigger (mostly because in some cases, like Rio, the mayor specifically promised they would not rise), and while they certainly aren’t the only complaint, they are a starting point.
Now, I feel this is important: it is not a civil war by any means. Since the beginning the protests have been focused on being pacific and controlled, but they were met with barbaric repression from the police as well as criticism from mainstream media. Now that they are truly gaining strength a lot of the ignorany, reactionary media pundits are backing away and starting to support the movement, because both the media and the politicians are seeing they’ll be on the losing side if they keep ignoring this for too long.
Speaking as someone who hasn’t been to the protests (I was at work until 9 p.m during the last major protest lol) but who knows people who have been, it seems the rallies are mostly really peaceful (there have been vandals and rioters, though the media is starting to understand they do not represent the intentions of the movement), the police violence seems to have subdued, and daily life in Rio hasn’t changed much. The rallies happen in appointed times, they are mostly peaceful and don’t seem to affect much (in terms of problems in infrastructure) other than traffic.
The political climate here is very determined to change, but personally I’ve never felt this unsure about the future. I have high hopes this will help this country change for the best.