By: Chris Gocklin
Protests have erupted all over Brasil this past month over the mounting controversy over the 2014 World Cup preparations. With corruption being the currency of a governments progress, the split class system and drug dominated public demand a new status quo.
Monday night marked one of the most remarkable displays of peaceful assembly in agitation against a laundry list of issues. However, a rising cost in bus fairs seemed to be the straw that broke the camels back, which was only fed by the controversy surrounding the plans for the 2014 World Cup and some heavy handed police who have been described as having “itchy palms.”
In what has been ranked as the largest protest since the country’s military dictatorship ended in 1985, more than 100,000 people took to the streets nationwide monday. Sharing a simular escalation to the protests in Turkey, Brasil’s energy was only amplified after police were reportedly using, “disproportional force”, as stated by The Guardian Uk.
In Brasalia and Rio, Police reacted to a portion a rogue protestors who thew rocks at police injuring 5 officers as well as vandalizing the state building. Police responded by beating unarmed protestors with batons, firing rubber bullets to disperse remaining crowds as well as using tear gas.
“The violence has come from the government,” Mariana Toledo, 27 told The New york Times. “Such violent acts by the police instill fear, and at the same time the need to keep protesting.”
Such protests in Brasil have been said to be uncommon describing the political culture as, “more accepting of longstanding high levels of inequality and substandard public services”
Focused mainly on the cost of the new and refurbished stadiums, the bill seems to have been left on the backs of the Brazilian citizens. “We need better education, hospitals and security, not billions spent on the World Cup,” said one mother who attended the Sao Paulo march with her daughter, in a article by BBC News.
The mixture of politics and sports is happening in a way that has never occurred before with the largest protests going on in cities which will be hosting the World Cup games. With the aid of social media and refusal to be defined by a single objective, the protests have quickly gained momentum into revolution with no promise of yielding to anything less than what is being demanded.