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Semilla Luz

Brasilia June 20 Semilla Luz)

Sparked by a public transportation fare increase in Sao Paolo a week ago, an estimated one million people showed up in cities across Brazil expressing  discontent with the limited opportunities they face and an indifferent government.

"It's not really about the price anymore," said Camila Sena, an 18-year-old university student at a Wednesday protest in Rio de Janeiro's sister city of Niteroi. "People are so disgusted with the system, so fed up that now we're demanding change."  USA Today, June 20, 2013

Like the protests in Turkey over the past weeks, this is an urban phenomenon dominated by the young.  Many are college educated and under or unemployed.  For most, these are their first political protests.  They chafe at wasted public expenditures.  In Rio, for example, the government spend millions for an international soccer tournament while the people idle away with few if any prospects for meaningful employment or a future.  (Image: Brasilia June 20 Semilla Luz)

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Public transportation fare increases have been rolled back in Rio, Sao Paolo, where the protests started, and other cities.  The crowds continued to grow.   Demands expanded from  fares to the general state of the economy and lousy governance.  This statement by Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes provides a clue to the indifference that the people see from the government:

"I come here after reflecting a lot on the topic, and I demonstrate that the twenty cents were not made with subsidies. We are going to suspend the increase that was implemented in the beginning of June. This concurs with the actions taken by the mayor of São Paulo, Fernando Haddad. However, we warn that we will have a loss of at least R$200 million for the city and we will have to redefine our priorities." Eduardo  Paes, Mayor Rio de Janiero, Rio Times, June 20

The Mayor's city and country is going up in smoke, massive protests in a nation not accustomed to mass action, and he's been "reflecting on the topic."  What topic?  Fare increases.  It's not about that anymore.  The mayor would know that were he paying attention.  Its about a lousy government that is indifferent to the people.  So what does he do.  He decreases fares and, at the same time,  warns that other public service projects will suffer. (Table right:  BBC)

The mayor doesn't get it?  Politicians around the world don't get it.

The mass action in Brazil, the sustained protests in Turkey, the union backed protests in Tahrir Square, and Occupy Wall Street -- these are all public outpourings by those left out of the workplace; those facing a future of diminishing opportunities.  They know what their leaders are doing about it.  Nothing!

"No more future" is simply unacceptable.

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Rio de Janiero,  June 20 Semilla Luz

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Sign - "We want a cure for hunger!" Recife, June 20  Semilla Luz

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Resistance to armed suppression Rio de Janeiro, June 20   Semilla Luz

 

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News about what's happening in Brazil is conspicuo... by Ted Newcomen on Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 10:29:59 AM
and circuses, and they will never revolt."  A... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 11:19:18 AM
Great point.  These were the roman leaders wh... by Michael Collins on Sunday, Jun 23, 2013 at 2:39:15 PM
Please, don't compare Brazil to Turkey. Erdogan ... by Guglielmo Tell on Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 6:43:33 PM
Ths information you provide is important.  Th... by Michael Collins on Sunday, Jun 23, 2013 at 2:47:40 PM
Situation had began to change thanks precisely t... by Guglielmo Tell on Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 6:45:18 PM
The growth PT engineered depended much upon fore... by Guglielmo Tell on Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 6:48:41 PM
Brazil?Who was that guy that figured out that elec... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 7:08:37 PM
...was some American. When left-wing candidates wi... by Guglielmo Tell on Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 7:18:48 PM
The "Guy" who figured all that out was some Americ... by Guglielmo Tell on Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 7:33:04 PM
Russia told that Stalin was an American?  Wer... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Sunday, Jun 23, 2013 at 11:00:57 AM
First of all, I have to apologize for not ... by Guglielmo Tell on Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 1:11:51 PM
Stalin was an American? Probably, especially after... by Guglielmo Tell on Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 1:17:43 PM
So, like I wrote in my last comment here, Dilma ... by Guglielmo Tell on Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 1:23:19 PM
The last announcement from Correa's Government i... by Guglielmo Tell on Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 1:25:55 PM
Finally, Mr. Adams, UN-reported news are not bum... by Guglielmo Tell on Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 1:30:32 PM
It's the same population.  Whether the leader... by Michael Collins on Sunday, Jun 23, 2013 at 1:45:42 PM
Dilma Rousseff proposed a plebiscite on a new Cons... by Guglielmo Tell on Wednesday, Jun 26, 2013 at 9:22:46 AM