By: Chris Gocklin
It is apparent that if you want change you must demand it, and you wont succeed if you dont try. Brasil’s President Dilma Rousseff, has put the ball in the people’s court as she made a statements vowing to listen to the voices on the streets however, a dialog needs to be established.
On television Rousseff made a statement that she would condemn any acts of violence or vandalism. But also mention that she wanted institutions that were “transparent and more resistant to wrongdoing.”
In addition she also stated that oil royalties would directly benefit education as well as thousands of doctors to be drafted in from over seas to improve national health servies.
When criticized about the World Cup and its cost she responded by stating that the event will be paid for by companies that are making use of the arena. “I would never allow this money to come out of the taxpayers’ money, harming essential areas such as health and education,” Said Rousseff.
Unlike many other protests such as the the uprising in Syria or events in Turkey, Brasil’s protests have targeted no specific politicians and Rousseff herself remains relatively popular.
Many citizens are part of the middle class and have largely benefited from the economic boom. However, many are angered over paying, “European level tax’s and for African level public services.”
With the lines of communication open progress can only be a result. Along with chaos and violence peace seems to be on the horizon proving that change can only come if there is a prevalent demand for it.