Protests by an increasingly forceful movement coalescing against increases in bus fares shook Brazil’s two largest cities on Thursday night, the
fourth time in a week that activists have taken to the streets in demonstrations that have been marked by clashes with security forces.
I was waiting for this to happen! Really! I think that i've just witnessed history being written in Brazil.
There were about 10.000 people protesting not only against the increases in bus fares, but also because everyone here is just fed up with the
government. Too much corruption, too much violence and poverty on the 6th biggest economy in the world.
But the problem, again, was the government and it's police. They cowardly shot tear gas and rubber bullets on people who were peacefully protesting
or just passing by (many reporters say that the police shot first, creating chaos).
What really angers me is that all the great media networks of the country are backing up the government and the police, calling the protesters thugs
and vandals . Only some journalists of these networks that where really there are speaking the truth.
Here are some videos and images that were posted by the people who were at the protest (i couldn't go, because i live almost 300 km from São Paulo,
but i wish i was there).
WARNING! SOME STRONG IMAGES AHEAD
Here, a journalist from Folha de São Paulo was hit in the eye by a rubber bullet while she was sitting on a sidewalk talking with some other
Another journalist from Folha de São Paulo:
Another girl hit by the police:
A lady who was just passing by, also hit by rubber bullets:
Protesters surrendering to the police, only to be shot after:
A homeless boy, that lives on one of the streets engulfed in chaos, was shot in the leg by a rubber bullet. Some people took him to a drugstore to
Here is a video of some people who were chanting "No Violence!" until the cops shot rubber bullets at them.
And here is another one:
Here is the police shooting at the press:
This video shows some people trapped on a street and being bombarded with tear gas:
Anyway, my point is, things are not looking good for now. And i thank God for that. The protests will continue on Monday (more than 15.000 are
believed to show). It's the beggining of some needed changes, i hope.
Share these images and videos if you can. People have to know about this.
I will be traveling to Brazil next year coming down from Costa Rica. I have made many friends in all the countries in Central America and only made it
to Colombia last year. Those picks look horrible I hope things get better.
Do you want a advice? Don't even bother to come. It's not worth it.
Just a number for you: in 2010 there were 49.932 murders in Brazil. That's 26,2 deaths for every 100.000 people. That's worst than Iraq and
Because of the World Cup and the Olympics, the brazilian propaganda machine it's working 24/7 to bring tourists to Brazil, showing our beauties and
that's all (of course). Sure, we have our good side, but this country is a mess right now.
What gets me is how people don't fight back . Obviously the police are crossing the line and they will continue to do so until people stand up and
defend themselves and hold these brainwashed thugs we call police accountable for their actions they will carry on with the same old ruthless attitude
. These our countries the peoples not the corrupt politicians and business leaders . Some stupid cop shot my wife in the face with a rubber bullet or
cause her harm in anyway for voicing her opinion in a democracy I would go ballistic
We are in bad and dark times for humanity at a global level it really is coming down to the people vs the establishment . Honestly I don't think it
will fare to well for the people the establishment refuse to relinquish the control and in most case do not leave with out force .
I have been to Iraq and Afghanistan. Mexico was a little scary so was Honduras I was fine everywhere else when I was in Colombia I was harassed a
little but I usually play everything off that I am Canadian that usually calms things down. Lie to live oh well it’s better than dyeing. I am still
coming down on my way to Antarctica visiting every country. Thanks for the advice but a little danger makes me feel alive sometimes I will make sure
to plan ahead more than usual.
Both in Mexico and Honduras I bought a handgun for protection and ditched them near the borders I may do the same there.
edit on 14-6-2013 by Grimpachi because: (no reason given)
I keep seeing vids of riot Police opening fire on peaceful protestors!
I think in this case, because the World Cup is coming there next year, the Government are trying to clean the streets up and see a protest as a way to
get rid of some people who live in the ghettos and on the streets!
I was there in 2003, didn't have any problems and was even taken for a ride into a shanty town!
I really enjoyed myself there..... in RIO. I hope things get better for you guys.
The thing that bothers me the most about all of these riots happening is that you never see one policeman on the side of the people. Never one that
agrees with the people's cause. Only ones that hit them with armored cars and shoot them.
Just to keep this thread updated, the event on Facebook that it's being used to organize the next protest has reached 151.000 people that are
expected to protest on Monday. This number might reach 180.000 until there.
I was watching the Globo Channel, the biggest TV network in Brazil and one of the biggest in the world, and i was disgusted with what they were
showing. They almost didn't show the police violence against the protesters, and only focused on the garbages burning and vandalized buses, saying
that the manifesters were "leaving a path of destruction behind".
They are 100% behind the government and the police and, the worst of everything, is that a part of the population believes them. They have to protect
their agenda, after all.
The best part of all this is that is a nonpartisan protest. The people who are organizing this are always telling people not to bring party flags,
only brazilian flags.
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