‘Dilma, this is ugly,” reads a protester’s sign aimed at Brazil president Dilma Rousseff, one of the many thousands who continue to take to the streets of major cities across the South American country. What began last year as small protests against the rise of public transportation fares has come to encompass a broader range of dissatisfaction with the government — and has gained significant momentum thanks to the Fifa World Cup taking place there.
Seems like Thailand isn’t the only country where political protests have been downplayed lately. We aren’t the only ones overly concerned or overly ecstatic about where public funds are allocated concerning the World Cup. As the world turns its eyes to Brazil in celebration of one of the world’s most popular sporting events, local protesters struggle to turn the spotlight from Spain’s early elimination to their cause instead.
For a country so in love with football, it’s just a tad ironic that a poll conducted shortly before the start of the World Cup showed that as much as 61% of Brazilians did not wish to host the tournament because it uses money which should instead be used for public services, most notably education and healthcare. There have even been reports of Brazilian citizens rooting against their own national team as a result of their disagreement.
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