Protests Rock Brazil: Over 200,000 March in Biggest Cities.

Protests have flared in major cities across Brazil, bringing over 200,000 protestors to march against perceived government corruption and waste. What began as a protest against a rising bus fare (from approx. $1.38 to $1.47) has spread from the city of Sao Paulo to the largest cities across Brazil, with protestors even breaching security at the National Congress building in the capital of Brasilia and sitting on the roof. As the BBC News reports:

As many as 200,000 people have marched through the streets of Brazil’s biggest cities, as protests over rising public transport costs and the expense of staging the 2014 World Cup have spread… The way these initial marches were policed – with officers accused of firing rubber bullets and tear gas at peaceful protesters – further incensed Sao Paulo residents and shifted the focus from rising transport costs to wider issues. Others complained about vast sums of money spent on hosting the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics instead of being invested in health and education.

“This is a communal cry saying: ‘We’re not satisfied!’,” Maria Claudia Cardoso told the Associated Press news agency. “We don’t have good schools for our kids. Our hospitals are in awful shape. Corruption is rife. These protests will make history and wake our politicians up to the fact we’re not taking it anymore,” she said.

For many years, the government has been feeding corruption, people are demonstrating against the system,” Graciela Cacador told Reuters news agency.

This is no surprise. Brazil has long politically tended towards Socialist policy, whether straight-up or “democratic”. Where such policy reigns, Dictatorship of the Bureaucracy rules. Bureaucracy breeds corruption, waste, and mismanagement. We see this everywhere. For this same reason, Sweden has seen a marked increase in rioting as well. Bureaucrats stick hands into pockets for disproportionately lame service in return, and this makes the Public upset.

 

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