ENGLISH: So tell me, what did you come to find here? Read more and see what my opinions & thoughts on everything are all about. Followed my blog? I'll follow yours. PORTUGUÊS: Então me diga, o que você veio encontrar aqui? Leia mais e veja quais são as minhas opiniões & pensamentos sobre todas as coisas. Seguiu o meu blog? Vou seguir o seu.
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.
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?
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.
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!