Who Needs The Anti World Cup Protests in Brazil

| June 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

anti world cup protestsThe FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil is starting in a few days but along with celebrating the game and the big event a lot of people around the world see the big anti world cup protests that take place in the host country. Relatively big crowds of people participate in demonstrations against the biggest football event and demand its cancellation which leads to violence and collisions with the police. People in the social medias are also very active making hashtags like #NotGoingToBrazil or #NoVoyABrasilPorque trending in twitter. Why is this happening and who needs it?

The anti world cup protests in Brazil started a year ago (or at least got big at that time). Well, the protests were called social, anti-poverty, anti-corruption, etc. and the world cup was pointed as a big money hoax. It is true that there are many poor people in that country and they have way more problems to solve than organizing a big sporting event. But at the same time we all know that football is the number one sport in Brazil and it’s considered to be the second religion there. So the whole idea of the spontaneous nationwide mass anti-poverty anti-world cup protests is at least suspicious.

brazilBrazil was not chosen to be a host of the World Cup 2014 yesterday or last year. FIFA chose it 7 years ago and everybody knew about their pick at least 4 years in advance (due to the FIFA continental policy and the lack of real competitors in South America). So basically everyone knew that Brazil would host this tournament for the last 11 years. And on top of that, the city of Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Summer Olympics. Everyone also knows that these events require huge capital investments, billions of dollars. Why nobody protested all those years? In contrary, when they were officially chosen, most Brazilians (rich and poor) celebrated it, they love football.

Back then president of Brazil was Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. We are not going to exaggerate by saying that he did a lot of positive things for his country. During his presidency (2003-2011) over 30 million people escaped poverty (current population is about 200 million), country’s GDP almost doubled, the number of educated young people increased more than 3 times and many new foreign relations got strengthened while new were established. His successor Dilma Rousseff continued most of his policies in a harder global economic time.

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Dilma Rousseff and Lula da Silva

Considering this enormous progress made in the last 10 years the mass protests came somehow unexpected. Sure the basic conditions exist and will exist, poverty is still a problem, corruption and all those real things. But why now? Have the people there really reached the tipping point or someone has helped them? Considering the progress, the 2nd option seems more probable.

Maybe to understand the Brazil situation we should take a global look. Brazil participates in the BRICS clubs (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) which is a formal collaboration union of those 5 big economies and it’s considered a threat to the unipolar US-British world. Brazil is also the strongest local economy in South America and stability there is not politically in the interest of the United States.

The Brazilian protests are very similar to the initial protests in Ukraine combined with the anti Sochi Olympics hysteria in the mainstream media against Russia. Using the excuse of bright causes like stopping corruption and ending poverty the protests actually aim the destabilization of the country, ending the progress and change of the political course. They will bring nothing good to Brazil really. But the fools will keep protesting.

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Sure the World Cup is wasted money. But to protest right now against it is just plain stupid. They money is already spent. At top of that the protesters have already managed to scare many possible tourists who would have spent money and help the local economy there, a little. The mainstream media along with the social media jackdaws are delivering plain propaganda, again.

Now Brazil has to prove that the country can organize a big tournament and deal with the provocations.
For us, the viewers, we are left with nothing but to enjoy the World Cup and not fall into the media disinformation trap.

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