Welcome to Brazil…
Brazil is a fantastic country, it is a huge country and like all places it has its problems. It has gone through an incredible amount of positive developments in recent years, especially in lifting nearly 40 million people out of poverty, but it still has lots of tensions: crime, drugs, gangs, inequality, deep division and mistrust…
The world cup is coming to Brazil, I’m sure you have heard! You have also probably heard that there has been much anger in the country about a sense of injustice, about pushing poor people out to make way for this Mega event. You probably saw the massive protests last year about the money Brazil has pumped into it, well above the already incredibly high cost. People here feel that an event like this should be used to improve the lives of ALL here.
People will complain and protest, some are even threatening to try to shut down the whole event. The twitter hashtag
#NãoVaiTerCopa (There will not be a cup) covers that.
But some groups, like our campaign #CheerForPeace, are trying to use the event as a tool to make real positive change, all be it on a small scale.
So here are just a selection of some sections of recent articles, to give you a feel of where things stand. (As things develop, we will update this post. Also please add your views in the comments section, or view there for more views)
If I am going to be a part of the change in Brazil then I want my own actions to help create jobs, spread some wealth around to those people who really need a bit more, and I’d love to help preserve some art and craft traditions in the process of doing all this.
That’s my idea of being the change. I’m not going to throw up my arms in disgust and argue that the World Cup is all a waste of money. Maybe it is, but the money is now spent and the eyes of the world are on Brazil. I want them to see that Brazil truly deserves a place in the economic big league. People are going to get better schools and hospitals when they learn how to demand change from their leaders and that is a universal lesson we can all apply the world over.
The real consequences of the 2014 World Cup will only be seen by the end of the year. It’s innocuous to think the result of the championship will have no political bearing in the choosing of future leaders. But I sincerely hope that the global focus in Brazil will be used for good and that the big political dogs will not win. Maybe a win for Brazil will mean Brazilians recognize they deserve better.
“Dear foreigners, please, don’t come to the Brazil World Cup because we can’t protect you from the people we hate. Wait for us to visit you, please.”
Hosting the World Cup, which was meant to be a pinnacle of social inclusion, is being twisted into a mere “we spend too much, get too little” event. The tone used by the wealthy Brazilians isn’t “this needs fixing” — most of them know too little of politics to actually engage with substance. Their message is “screw all this” (as Carla Dauden’s boycott video suggests). It seems the underdeveloped Brazil deserves to be embarrassed by the perpetrators, not by the victims. The latter are critics, but not ashamed of their country.
Elites who criticize the World Cup in Brazil have used well a great chance to show they don’t relate to football as everyone else — they sold the idea that those engaged with the World Cup are actually disengaged with Brazil. They show themselves as agents for real change, when they are quite the opposite — just look at their other suggestions and you will see Brazilian elites couldn’t care any less about people being evicted because of new stadia, for example.
The urban marketing might work during the international events Brazil is hosting, but the lack of long-term solutions to keep the next generation out of crime will result in a never-ending civil war, where the people are forgotten while international visitors drink caipirinhas and watch the football.
A month before the 2014 World Cup the Brazilian government are evicting thousands of families all over the country so that the world will not have a bad image of the country. What do you think?
The arbitrary and brutal rule of gangs and militias is an ill that must be addressed in Rio, and some sort of intervention is undoubtedly needed. But it is not clear that replacing one group of armed men with another, albeit uniformed – “we will show them the state is stronger,” Beltrame boasted – is the solution, while the fundamental issues at the core of social problems in favelas, be they education, health or sanitation, are sidelined.
Many kids are still living tough lives in disadvantages areas all over Brazil. #CheerForPeace is a small project to affect positive change.
Brazil’s anti-World Cup protests: which side do you support? | Priced out of Rio’s booming favelas, Brazil’s poor resort to mass squatting | The Brazil favela staging its own World Cup | Anti-World Cup protests across Brazil | Video of Rio gunmen firing hundreds of shots in goal celebration goes viral | Romance of World Cup in Brazil is peppered with an air of conflict | Brasil vive ‘crise de imagem’ às vésperas da Copa | (ROAR)> Autonomy in Brazil: towards a new political culture | Peace is the truth of the Brazilian protests | Autonomy in Brazil: below and behind the June uprising | Brazilian movement takes inspiration from Zapatistas | Brazil explodes in a furious feast of democracy | In Brazil, the mask of democracy is falling | In Brazil, a dual struggle against neoliberalism
Very powerful message posted up on Instagram last week. Dont get me wrong, I am just as excited as you are for the Worldcup but lets be honest, FIFA does not care about education, health and transportation needs in Brazil. Food for thought.