Monday, July 01, 2013

ANTI-GOVERNMENT PROTEST MARS FIFA CONFEDERATION CUP IN BRAZIL

Banners: A number of the demonstrators covered their faces before the violence began
In what almost marred the celebration of Brazil's win over world champion, Spain, More than 5,000 anti-government protestors marched near the Maracana stadium about half an hour before the Confederations Cup final commenced on Sunday, venting their anger about the billions of dollars the Brazilian government is spending on major sporting events rather than public services.

Clashes between police and some of the protestors who massed at security blockades broke out, with some hurling rocks at authorities who responded with tear gas and shock grenades. 


Though smaller in size, the march was the latest in a wave of protests that has spread across this country in recent weeks. 

Many political analysts as well as sports pundits  are describing the protest movement as the biggest seen here in decades, with more than a million people having taken to the streets nationwide on the night of June 20. 
Firing away: Riot police respond to the growing masses with tear gas outside the Maracana
The demonstrations have dwindled in size and frequency in recent days as officials from all levels of government have scrambled to calm public anger over public services and a heavy tax burden. 

Still, the atmosphere was tense outside the Maracana on Sunday. Some clusters of demonstrators tried to break through the security perimeter police set up around the stadium, but were pushed back and not able to get past authorities. 
Scuffle: Some demonstrators throw missiles at the police as they are pursued

Despite the smaller protests, demonstrator Eliane Milazzo, a 54-year-old high school teacher marching with her daughter and son-in-law, said the Brazilian people won't let their leaders off the hook and that the protests will go on.   

The demonstrations have dwindled in size and frequency in recent days as officials from all levels of government have scrambled to calm public anger over public services and a heavy tax burden. 
Taking cover: Police hold their shields in the air as a traffic cone is hurled in their direction

Still, the atmosphere was tense outside the Maracana on Sunday. Some clusters of demonstrators tried to break through the security perimeter police set up around the stadium, but were pushed back and not able to get past authorities. 

'They've got to continue because the reasons people are out on the street are not going to go away overnight,' she said. 'I know I will continue to go to the streets and so will my family until we see real changes in our everyday lives.'

President Dilma Rousseff has suffered the brunt of the political damage. The first national poll conducted after the protests ignited showed a steep drop in her approval rating and throws in doubt what had seemed an easy re-election next year. 
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On June 21, Rousseff delivered a prerecorded prime time speech on TV that did little to calm the protests. She then convened a June 24 meeting with protest leaders and all the governors and mayors of capital cities, in which she announced $23 billion in new transportation investments. 

She also said she would import foreign doctors to work in underserved areas while promising a five-point plan to focus on public services and corruption. 

The president is expected to deliver to Congress early this week her proposal for a national plebiscite letting citizens vote on political reforms. 
 
She decided to not attend Sunday's final match of the Confederations Cup football tournament, which pits Brazil against Spain in what's seen as a warm-up for next year's World Cup to be hosted in Brazil. 

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Other top government officials and even football legend Pele also skipped the match in a major embarrassment for a government that had hoped to use the World Cup and the 2016 Olympics in Rio to showcase Brazil's arrival as a global power. 

'People are angry with Congress, angry with the terrible hospitals and worse schools,' said Tania Nobrega, a 56-year-old psychologist protesting near Maracana in Rio. 

'But they don't want Dilma's head. People are sick of the status quo here, and that means they're fed up not only with the (ruling Workers Party) but also with all parties.'

The demonstrations began earlier this month over a 10-cent hike in bus and subway fare in Sao Paulo before morphing into a nationwide movement denouncing a range of problems such as government corruption, poor education and health care. 
Vehement: Protestors were captured chanting before the match began

The sudden outrage has bewildered the country's political class, which took several days to find their footing and respond to the demonstrations, both with words and action. 

Several city and state governments reversed the hike on public transportation fares that sparked the first protests, but the demonstrators had moved well beyond that issue. 

The Estado de S. Paulo newspaper reported Sunday that 490 protests had taken place in Brazil in the last three weeks, peaking at 150 on June 20, when violent clashes between protesters and police were seen in several cities. 
Marred: The clashes happened before the kick-off of the Confederations Cup final in the Brazilian city

Many demonstrators have said they had learned their mass actions could prompt a quick government response. 

They also said they anticipated other high-profile events they could use to speak out, including July's visit by Pope Francis, next year's World Cup, a presidential election a few months later and the Rio Olympics three years from now. 

Courtesy of DailyMail




  



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