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ENG.: Unwinding – Protests in Brazil

I always think it’s cool when I meet foreigners and they ask: “oh Brazilian! How’s Brazil like?” and a few things come to my mind right away, such as: we have an amazing carnival (parties in general, but carnival is a huge tradition all over the country), we were greatly blessed by nature (our beaches, waterfalls etc are wonderful), we have extremely fun, warm, welcoming, nice people, summer prevails around the country and our food is quite delicious.Oh! And we created one of the most tasteful drinks ever, the famous caipirinha. And then, I have nothing else to praise.

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Hurts seeing my compatriots talking bad stuff about Brazil, of our lousy education, public health, public transport, exorbitant taxes and everything that’s wrong with the nation thanks to our governers. I love my country, even though I want to leave it – yes, I want to leave Brazil and plans are already made towards this – I wish this situation could change. Hurts seeing a minimum wage of R$ 678 – U$ 312.33 – € 233.50, the lack of support to sports, the lack of respect that emanates from those holding the power towards it’s people, hurts seeing our natural resources not taken care of and the lack of real opportunities for people to qualificate and ascend themselves – ENEM (the Brazilian SATs – test to get into college) is a fraud. Bolsa Família – Family Allowance, a social welfare program of the government – is nothing but alms, poor charity. Hurts seeing a country of decent people losing itself in the middle of those who aren’t worth anything, being manipulated by a bought media and incorporating the non-thinking group. Intelectual illiterates.

Hurts seeing the innocence of people still believing in impossible promises made by politicians, hurts even more seeing hope, feeling that once lived in those Brazilian hearts, and now is fading away. Or was?

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These pictures are from protests made this week in the cities of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. The reason why they started was the last straw of years of political repression: increase of the bus fare price in São Paulo. I’m hoping, from the bottom of my heart, that these manifestations will bring us positive outcomes. WE’RE TIRED of indifference. I am eagerly awaiting for the results arising from this, for the manifestation that will occur in the city where I currently am living and for a new perspective that will take place with the new elections, because of everything everyone is doing in over 200 Brazilian cities now.

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Today – June 17th 2013 – protesters invaded the National Congress. Honestly? It was about time something of this magnitude presented itself among us. I do not support depredation or violence, but I know it will happen (already is). Police officers shooting rubber bullets against protesters chanting “sem violência” – “no violence”, gas bombs, pepper sprays. A price must be paid, it’s always been like this. Exemples? French Revolution of 1789, Russian Revolution of 1917 and American Revolution of 1776. I am deeply sorry for my fellow Brazilians hurt and suffering right now, but I thank and applaud each and every one of them contributing on those events. Thank you for trying to make my country a better place, more honest and especially, fairer.

MOVING FORWARD, WARRIORS OF THIS GREEN AND YELLOW NATION!

20 comments on “ENG.: Unwinding – Protests in Brazil

  1. blogginghands
    June 21, 2013

    It hurts seeing my favorite country apart from my own had been in this situation lately, I’ve been reading news and I know media are inaccurate particularly conveying message to the public. I keep on searching through a reliable source of information on what’s really going on in Brazil. I found this blog and Thank you so much for the Information. Keep me posted I will follow this, I hope the people will win over this situation. Blessed are those who participated and contributed to the protest. May this issue be resolved as soon as possible.

    • thaygoulart
      June 21, 2013

      Hi blogginghands, thank you for following my new blog! Protests have been happening for a week now, all over the country. Many cities already diminished the bus fare price and President Dilma demanded a meeting with her ministers this afternoon, even cancelled her business trip to Salvador. She made a public announcement saying she understands these protests aren’t only about the bus fare price, but they are including bigger matters, such as a better health, education and security systems. I don’t post often and not always about the protests, but I’ll try to keep you informed. A lot has been damaged – trash cans, stores, vehicles, etc in a lot of places – and like I said, I don’t support any of this violent content, but I know it will happen… Things will get out of control when you have over 2 million people together, it’s just the way it is. Thank you again for your comment and for loving my country!

      • blogginghands
        June 22, 2013

        As far as protesting is concern, I do believe bus fares wouldn’t have a huge impact to a country with protesters reaching Millions who participated. Base on some historical events I read so far, Majority of the reasons why people revolt is because they don’t like how the Administration handle its country and wouldn’t be good for its citizens as well. Nevertheless, I am having my eyes on Brazil just like an email said to me. That reforms are being discussed and announced, Another thing is about the transparency.

        Thanks for the Acknowledgment. Be safe🙂

        • thaygoulart
          June 26, 2013

          Our public transportation isn’t that good and they already cut down 0,15 – 0,25 cents in a few places, which is a good thing, we won one battle🙂 today we won again, where we voted against PEC 37 which was a proposition to a constitutional amendment. They wanted to revocate the Public Ministry’s power of helping in investigations along with the Police Department. Now we’ll see what happens. Doctors from Cuba will come to Brazil to help our public health system, did you hear anything about it? Some Brazilians are against it.

          • blogginghands
            June 26, 2013

            Yes. I don’t know why are some of Brazilians are against it. I myself if I would be in their position, I would gladly welcome with open arms those Doctors who wanted to help our health system, You can imagine their life as a Doctor but still they extend their help to Brazil. Now tell me, are they being paid by this administration? Or is it just innate in them not to accept foreign help.😦 I pity them.

  2. blogginghands
    June 21, 2013

    And oh I have this Spanish Quote “Llegara el dia en que la cascara del coco boca avajo dara vuelta boca ariba”🙂 I hope it would lighten up your hopes for Brazil.

    • thaygoulart
      June 26, 2013

      I had to answer you here. As you know, Cuba is the only country in the American continent that is socialist and not capitalist. Cuban doctors accepted coming here receiving only what Cuba allows them to. They won’t have a Brazilian doctor’s wage, they will get less than that. They will come to help in poor areas and hospitals in need of doctors. I thought it was great, of course Brazil needs to support Brazilian doctors but, for now, we need foreign help.

      • blogginghands
        June 27, 2013

        Exactly. I also admire Cuba while I was studying its history and they are good people. and what you’ve said Brazilian wages are not that good. Who would actually extend their time and effort if the fruit of their labor isn’t worth it? Unless you are a die-hard Servicemen then you won’t ask anything in return, but come to think of it. I’ve been reading articles from time to time about Brazil, but I want a reliable source. Media is a Rag and they don’t publicize truth, Never. Just be safe always

        • thaygoulart
          June 28, 2013

          In Brazil the highest paid people are doctors, lawyers and engineers. If we had to pay those doctors from Cuba, they would win big. That amount in the post is the minimum wage, something a cashier gets, for instance. Cuba didn’t allow it though, because of their socialist nature. So they are coming here literally to help, that’s it. And people are complaining, accept the offer and let the goverment focus on the national doctors, simple as that. You shouldn’t trust the Brazilian media… It’s all bought and manipulated… If you could understand Portuguese I’d send you some videos. Thank you, I will🙂

          • blogginghands
            June 28, 2013

            I am so sorry I don’t understand Portuguese. Does it have subtitles?🙂 At least Cuban Doctors went with their own accords. Whether paid or not still they went on whatever their reasons maybe because of Payments or anything else. If Brazil won’t accept Cuba’s help, who will?

  3. jingsandthings
    June 21, 2013

    Those are large demonstrations.

    • thaygoulart
      June 21, 2013

      It’s been like this for a week now! All over the country, good things already came out of it – I’m feeling proud😉

  4. frizztext
    June 26, 2013

    It seems, that your female presidents is a good listener and she reacts and talks about changes – let’s hope that she can manage to make things better!

    • thaygoulart
      June 26, 2013

      Yes she is, she already demanded some changes as well, which is a good thing. Funny how these changes didn’t make 50% of the population happy, but I’d like to believe it’s a start, right?

      • frizztext
        June 29, 2013

        I made this blog post for you, will add a link to your article!
        http://flickrcomments.wordpress.com/2013/06/29/for-brazil/
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        • thaygoulart
          June 29, 2013

          Wow thank you! And I agree with everything you wrote. That first picture, of Rio de Janeiro, is one of my favorites, not because I live in a building in the pic but because we have too much to lose if our politicians keep playing around with us. Thanks!!!

  5. restlessjo
    June 26, 2013

    All around the world these power struggles are going on. Often we don’t even know of the conditions which result in the protests. Everybody is busy just living their life. It’s such a shame when the resources are there, as in a beautiful country like Brazil, and a few power hungry, greedy individuals destroy life for everyone. Why does this happen over and over? I guess we’re often apathetic and don’t try to make the right things happen and be involved ourselves. I know that’s certainly the case with me.
    Thank you for bringing this to my attention and I wish you and your country well for the future.

    • thaygoulart
      June 26, 2013

      I wonder the same thing, restlessjo! The funny thing is that I am a law student and I study the government’s order and in my books, it works perfectly! How did we become such greedy creatures? We’d rather mess an entire nation up to earn more money. So sad. Thank you! Changes already started, let’s hope for the best.

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