This is a 19 years old Brazilian girl who’s also a student telling you what’s been happening here in Brazil. It’s a very short (considering how much we can talk about this) and simplified post to answer some of the most common questions. I still don’t actually know how far the news have gone, but I hope it’s gone far enough to make some noise.
Thousands and thousands of people are finally out in the streets showing this country that we’re not happy about the way we’ve been treated for the last few decades. In fact, I don’t think we’ve ever been happy about the way we’re treated by our government. So basically, people started to get together on Facebook, created events to gather mostly young students to discuss what could be done about this whole situation.
At first, it was about how expensive public transportation is around here. Trying to compare just a bit, imagine you’d have to spend at least $6,40 per day to go to work (or school)/come home. That might not seem a lot but it is. Currencies are always different. Besides, it’s not only about the price; it’s about the quality. Basically, it sucks. So that’s why it all started. Our government thought it’d be okay to make us pay a lot for a shitty transportation.
- Why is it getting so big?
As soon as people started getting together in the streets, they realized we do have a voice and that we have to be heard. So what at first was about the public transportation, turned into something way bigger. Brazilian people are tired of corruption, lack of good schools and hospitals and the insanely huge amount of money our government’s been spending on stadiums for the World Cup. They manipulate laws, they steal our money while we sit and watch.
- What are you guys trying to change?
The country. No more impunity. We want a fair government who actually cares about the country, not about their bank accounts. Brazil has the 6th largest economy IN THE WORLD but it’s also one of the most corrupt countries ever. We are fighting for a better country, for better life conditions, good hospitals and schools. This government has to STOP trying to distract us with football, World Cup and carnivals. It seems like people are finally waking up and realizing it’s time to go out there and change the world.
More protests. The fifth act is already scheduled for tomorrow. Cities all around are protesting and gathering around the most important avenues in the country to literally stop Brazil. Mostly students are doing their best to keep this going (invading the capital and every political sort of place there is) to finally be heard.
Today, June 17th, over 65k people were protesting in Sao Paulo (the country’s biggest city/state). In Rio, over 100k clogged up the streets. More cities gathered a smaller amount of people but almost as big as the others. It’s all over the news. It’s all people have been talking about for the past few days. Basically all of my friends were there.
This is quite a controversy. Most people support the protesters but some are against them. The problem is the violence that surrounds the protests. At first, the police got really violent, shooting people with rubber bullets, throwing tear gas, bombs and all using all sorts of “non-lethal” violence. It got kinda bad, lots of people injured, some arrested and some BADLY injured. People had to use vinegar to protect themselves because of the tear gas, and some people were arrested for carrying vinegar. Therefore, these protests are often called “The Vinegar Riot”.
The main point is: Students are trying to change the country. And this will happen. Look at the pics above. Thousands of people have finally realized that if you wanna make a difference, you have to go out and do something. It’s really important that this get spread worldwide because Brazil has been all over the news lately considering the fact we’re hosting many sportive events. That’s why the government has been spending BILLIONS of dollars to build stadiums and ignoring our own health care and education. The bigger this gets, the more we’ll be able to do something for our country. People are out there, singing the national anthem, wearing Brazilian flags, chanting “no violence”.
Many countries have showed their support by making pacific protests all over the world in order to support Brazil.
It’s not only our fight, it’s everyone’s fight. A fight for a better world. Brazil’s waking up and we need everyone’s help.