A report by The Guardian on protests in Brazil. The video clip shows what probably all news agencies think people want to see - people chanting and the police over-reacting - but the print report mentions what Brazil’s president said - she probably is a fellow reader of Machiavelli’s Discourses - and goes on to discuss the real reasons for most demonstrations - corruption in high places and maldistribution of wealth:
“Although police in some regions cracked down hard, President Dilma Rousseff praised the marchers.
‘Brazil woke up stronger today,” Rousseff said in a televised speech on Tuesday. “The size of yesterday’s demonstrations shows the energy of our democracy, the strength of the voice of the streets and the civility of our population.’
[A demonstrator said] “I joined because I’m tired of the corruption in Brazil. There’s so many wrong things and nobody does anything. We will host the World Cup, but we don’t have a decent public transport, for example. Now I’m feeling extremely happy because I think the citizens discovered that something can be done.” . . . While football is almost a religion in Brazil, the World Cup has focused resentment on a range of issues, as people question why such huge sums are being spent on stadiums for an international event, when the country still lacks basic healthcare and education for millions of its citizens.
During the protests, placards, graffiti and chants focused on social inequality, a shortage of doctors and teachers, shoddy public infrastructure, corruption, evictions for the World Cup and Olympics, overspends on stadiums and widespread frustration that – 28 years after the dictatorship and 10 years since the Workers’ party took power – Brazil is still being run on behalf of an elite.”