200,000 Take To Brazil's Streets In Largest Protest In Two Decades

Tyler Durden's picture

It started off a simple protest in Sao Paulo as a demonstration by students against an increase in bus fares from R$3 to R$3.20, and then quickly morphed into general demonstration of discontent with the nation’s political classes on both sides of the spectrum involving over 200,000 across the country, with those marching on Monday holding placards decrying everything from the enormous sums spent on the World Cup to the treatment by police of protesters last week. It got to the point where protesters invaded and occupied, peacefully, the roof of the national Congress complex in Brasilia. Then things turned less peaceful when a breakaway group from the main rally in Rio de Janeiro attacked the state legislative assembly building and attempted to set it on fire.

From Reuters:

As many as 200,000 demonstrators marched through the streets of Brazil's biggest cities on Monday in a swelling wave of protest tapping into widespread anger at poor public services, police violence and government corruption.


The marches, organized mostly through snowballing social media campaigns, blocked streets and halted traffic in more than a half-dozen cities, including Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte and Brasilia, where demonstrators climbed onto the roof of Brazil's Congress building and then stormed it.


Monday's demonstrations were the latest in a flurry of protests in the past two weeks that have added to growing unease over Brazil's sluggish economy, high inflation and a spurt in violent crime.


While most of the protests unfolded as a festive display of dissent, some demonstrators in Rio threw rocks at police, set fire to a parked car and vandalized the state assembly building. Vandals also destroyed property in the southern city of Porto Alegre.


Around the country, protesters waved Brazilian flags, dancing and chanting slogans such as "The people have awakened" and "Pardon the inconvenience, Brazil is changing."


The epicenter of Monday's march shifted from Sao Paulo, where some 65,000 people took to the streets late in the afternoon, to Rio. There, as protesters gathered throughout the evening, crowds ballooned to 100,000 people, local police said. At least 20,000 more gathered in Belo Horizonte.


The demonstrations are the first time that Brazilians, since a recent decade of steady economic growth, are collectively questioning the status quo.

Bloomberg added a geopolitical and economic twist to events:

Francisco Soares, a 32-year-old Brasilia electrician, felt good about life two years ago when he started commuting in his first car, blasting the music and passing packed buses. Since then, bills started piling up, the cost of living jumped and last week he had to sell his wheels.


After a decade that saw 40 million people rise from poverty, Brazil’s middle class finds itself squeezed by faster inflation, rising debt and a weaker currency. Consumers are spending less at supermarkets and hairdressers as the classic weekend event, a prime cut barbecue, becomes a stretch for some. Continuing a wave of protests sparked by an increase in bus fares, demonstrators surrounded Congress in Brasilia yesterday and set a car on fire in Rio de Janeiro as tens of thousands marched in major cities.


The emerging middle class was the engine of economic growth and made the developing nation one of the world’s top five markets for cars and mobile phones. It also helped the Workers’ Party win its third straight presidential election in 2010. Now, as the dream of a new car and a trip to Disney World fades for some, so does support for President Dilma Rousseff, who was jeered at a packed soccer stadium on June 15. Asked whether he would vote for her again, as he did in 2010, Soares said: “No way.”


“The golden days are over, the feel-good factor is lost,” said Renato Fragelli, economics professor at the Fundacao Getulio Vargas, a business think tank in Rio de Janeiro. “It’s not that the middle class is disappearing but there’s been a setback, people feel they’re getting less for their money.”

Is Brazil be returning to a time of political instability driven by a relapse in the wealth effect:

After Latin America’s biggest economy expanded less than economists forecast for the past five quarters and inflation accelerated, the approval rating of Rousseff’s government fell eight percentage points in June from March, the first drop since she took office in January 2011, according to a Datafolha opinion survey published June 9. The poll interviewed 3,758 people June 6-7 and had a margin of error of plus or minus two percentage points.


Still, at 57 percent, Rousseff’s government support is 10 percentage points higher than in March 2011, according to Datafolha. The 65-year-old Rousseff remains the favorite to win the October 2014 presidential race, commanding 49 percent of voter intention, according to Datafolha. Marina Silva, a former environment minister who finished third in the 2010 presidential race, ranked second with 14 percent, while Aecio Neves, the candidate of the main opposition party, ranked third with 12 percent of voter intention.

And without the marginal pull from China, whose growth trajectory is now aggressively tapering, which in turn is wreaking havoc on emerging markets (one look at their stock market performance YTD should explain it), are photos such as the ones below from Brazil overnight set to become a daily staple, and to be added to the roster of civilian disobedience from such developed world countries as Greece and Turkey.

Photos: Reuters, AFP

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GetZeeGold's picture



What the hell is everyone bitchin about over there.....they've got a pretty progressive government.


Most American's know the government is out to get us. You don't see us acting like that....at least not yet anyway.

POLL: Nearly half now believe IRS scandal leads to White House...


reload's picture

Its what happens when .gov does not effectively monitor all communications made by every citizen. Carefully control every news story and directly feed half the population. -- ok only joking.

knukles's picture

Don't worry be happy.
New orders for riot gear will push the S&P 500 to all time heights



MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

The progrEssive rEvolution is spreading. The people have had enough of deregulated, lazare fare capitalism and its enrichment of the 1% at the expense of the 99%. And this is no ordinary revolution. This time, it's trendy. Young people all over the world are joining the fight agains corporations and capitalism. Uptight rednecks and bitter, twisted ZHers better get with it or get out of the way, because this movement is ONLY getting bigger.

greatbeard's picture

>> The people have had enough of deregulated, lazare fare capitalism and its enrichment of the 1%

>>bitter, twisted ZHers better get with it or get4

What precisely, other than the enrichment of the 1%, do you suppose those ZHers are bitter and twisted about?

otto skorzeny's picture

easy there newbie- MDB is yanking your chain.

MagicHandPuppet's picture

I don't get it... Don't they have Dancing With The Stars down there?  And iPads?  Perhaps they need NFL, NBA... 'merican baseball... and more McDonnald's.  Oh... I know what could fix the problem.  They need Fluoride in the drinking water.  That will keep them nice and pliable - and more receptive to the TeeVee programing.


Doubleguns's picture

Obviously their leaders are not as good at lying as ours. I think there is a good market down there for Pitchforks, rope and lanturns. 

Papasmurf's picture

The have iPads, but they're iLocked.

GubbermintWorker's picture

Young people aren't fighting against capitalism, they're pissed because they cannot find jobs.


GetZeeGold's picture



If they get rid of capitalism.....how do they expect to get a job?

Agent P's picture

Uncle Sugar will take care of them...and if it buys the votes, he'll also lower the bus fares.

john39's picture

what is this thing you call capitalism? 

GubbermintWorker's picture

Certainly not the fascist corporatism we have now.

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

Yes, they are angry and they want the government to start helping out with more regulations and programs to help the needy. This is the rEvolution is going global, and there's nothing libertarians can do to stop it. 

Urban Redneck's picture

You apparently don't know shit about Brazil.

JonNadler's picture

just Brazil? Obviously you're not acquainted with MDB 


Anyway just wait to see what happens if they don't win the world cup next year


Milestones's picture

Have an inlaw from Rio here in Colorado now. According to her much of the problem is the huge sums of $$ being spent on stadiums for the world games and tickets so high the average Brasilian cannot afford them. Then of course there is the $$ being spent for the 1916 Oly games in Rio also. This city has monster problems now and comming soon.       Milestones

Manthong's picture

Not to worry.. The world is in knowledgeable and capable political and Central Bank hands.... Brazil and the rest of the world will be in much better shape in time for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

..and it’s probably a good thing Obama was not successful at getting that kind if stimulus to get to Chicago otherwise there would be blood in the streets.

Cathartes Aura's picture

can't be messin' with the footie games, and the "classic weekend event, a prime cut BBQ" - or there will be blood!

Sauk Leader's picture

"Another example of when freedom is not a good thing is "freedom of assmembly". When you have freedom of assembly you get rackets like the 'Tea Party' and 'OWS' protests, blocking the streets, occupying media time and costing the government valuable resources that would otherwise be put to productive use. As much as I wish it were, the world isn't as simple as libertarians make it out to be."

Can you guess who said that? Its not Jack Handy

thisandthat's picture

For once, you may actually be right...

twh99's picture

I think Brazil is the furthest from you what you describe.  They are a socialist type goverment.

SamAdams's picture

It is and has been here, they just didn't publish.  Good news, it is coming again and will be so big, the Jnews will look like slow morons when everyone else has already published the scoop.  Don't we need another war?

machineh's picture

'Progressive' -- HA HA HA!

That's what Diane Feinstein and Nancy Pelosi call themselves.

GetZeeGold's picture



It's what McCain and Graham hopes no one ever figures out.

SamAdams's picture

Only the NSA knows what McCain and Miss Lindsey hope we never find out...

firstdivision's picture

I had Progressive Insurance, and the only thing that "progressed" were my premiums, much like Progressive Governments and taxes.

CheapBastard's picture

Try AAA...they're cheaper then Geico or Progressive I found....service so-so but much cheaper...

...and as you know,

I'm a Cheap Bastard.

nonclaim's picture

"they've got a pretty progressive government"

For a while the handouts were enough to appease the poor and buy enough votes for reelection. Problem is corruption in all three branches of government got to unbelievable levels, plain theft in broad daylight.

Public infrastructure is falling apart despite huge investments in... propaganda.

Anyway, funny thing it started as a hard left attempt to further the socialist agenda. It got out of their control as now the population is genuinely venting out.

madbraz's picture

Sure, you ride 2 hours to get to work on a crammed bus or train, standing, then ride it again for another 2 hours on the way back, every day of your working life.  You take your kid to the public hospital and stay in line for 6 to 12 hours until a doctor sees you, and then you might get a table bed on the corridor.  All this while corrupt politicians work 3 to 4 days a week and get rich from kickbacks to construction companies that build $USD 1 billion soccer stadiums that were supposed to cost half that, with taxpayer money and in cities were they don't even have soccer teams to use the stadium.  


In Brazil people have a pulse.  Here, we don't.  In Brazil people now it is corrupt and get upset.  Here, it is corrupt and most of us don't give a damm.


I am so f$%^& disappointed in this country and the turds that are running it to the ground.



madbraz's picture

Here the corruption is just not done in broad daylight.  It's done in futures markets, in derivatives, in every financial instrument available.  It's done in HFT, which (GASP!) has not been outlawed despite being the most obviously criminal frontrunning activity ever concocted, one that would make casinos and horseracing bookies look like nuns in comparison.  It's done by electing a puppet president, molded into form in a 5-10 year effort by Bob Rubin and the gang, and then allowing the worst gangsters possible to take control of all key positions that may aid in their objectives - the Justice Department, the BLS, the Census, the media outlets.  It's done by allowing stock bourses to purchase companies that publish "confidence indicators" while having agreements with HFT that complete a triunvirate of market manipulation:   Confidence data surprise - HFT frontrunning - stock exchange kickback programs to HFT.


As long as this idiotic illusion of wealth called the stock market is going up, all means available are valid for these people.  Until everyone starts selling...

Winston Smith 2009's picture

"In Brazil people have a pulse.  Here, we don't.  In Brazil people now it is corrupt and get upset.  Here, it is corrupt and most of us don't give a damm."

That's because we're one of the wealthiest banana republics where the skimming is less noticeable to the typically inattentive (to be polite) citizenry.  I've suspected that for decades and have become absolutelty certain about it since 2008.

e-recep's picture

thanks for the update. in turkey it's the same shit. news says people are against fascism but deep down it's the high living cost and the ultra-high youth unemployment that move the masses to the streets.

Gypsyducks's picture

If one prefers football to education, healthcare, or infrastructure things are great.

JOYFUL's picture

What the hell is everyone bitchin about over there.....they've got a pretty progressive government...

if you hadn't forgotten the sarc\ tag, you're comment woulda been odds on favorite for best of the day. But maybe we can still make something of it...

since everything is upside\down, turned around... a funhouse of distorted presentation of ir-reality... re-reality... hyper-reality... it only makes sense that a one time 'guerrilla girl' is leading the South American country of Brazil... and that 'progressive' leftist factions all over the world are now posing as 'responsible leaders' and pillars of something they call ...Democracy-lite... the preserve of en-lightened statist ghouls whose holier than thou interpretations of orthodoxy seen to always involve being in power to take money out of the pockets of the 'masses' and put it into those of the crony capitalists somehow always found at the sides of these plutocrats of the progressive mold...

mold...as in the fungus amongst us... a parasitical power-grabbin caste ... which just like Beauchamps' famous discovery of pleomorphism*... morphs thru different stages... but always turns into the same evil thang - no matter the purported religion, ideology, enthicity or other cover story... it's one big global porcine picnic now... watched over by their policing partners with unlimited powers of supervision, interdiction, and control. It no wonder that these 'demonstrations' are breaking out in the outliers of empire... where the Monsanto\McDonaldisation of the peeple is just that little bit less advanced so as to give them a tiny bit of backbone ... we got fake populists... fake Moslems... fake terror events... but REAL TERRORISTS running governments everywhere!

but don't worry, Mr Talmudist Man Behind the Curtain... they'll be couch-potato marshmellows soon nuff too! CAUSE NOBODY SEEMS TO CARE TO CONNECT THE DOTS ... and see... either we rise collectively as individuals in solidarity with these other individuals against our collective STATES[and State...of indifference to our FATES]...

or go down one by one... into the maw of a global CIRCLE k HOLIDAY CAMP AND ABATTOIR. What's it gonna take peeple?

btw... "RESISTANCE" has a new sountrack! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhxo5coDOGA ...Sik Bakalim*... this is the [football club]song Istanbul moved to in the streets night after night... given over to the peeple by the football clubbers who came out in droves to marshall the crowds against the police... something they are experts in from many previous battles with the teargas ghouls. Can you imagine 'footballfans' at the heart of a popular and spontanteous uprising against the State anywhere in the fallen lands of the West?  Joke.

Sik Bakalim...roughly -Bring it on! Drop your helmets... drop your clubs\n shields... then let's see who wants to flee!

*pleomorphism was discarded by the scam 'scientific-ism' community in favor of Pasteurs' plagiaristic parody of empirically proven science.

CutOut's picture


Why did HEART's posting frequency suddenly drop ?


HEART, your posting frequency has dropped substantially since being asked to explain your egregious Boston Marathon disinfo posts.
Is this a coincidence ?

We are still waiting for an explanation but you refuse to respond. Why ?

ZH readers are curious as to why HEART intentionally posts disinfo such as Boston bombing fake injuries / fake blood / crisis actors garbage which is 100% DISINFORMATION.

Boston bomb disinfo reposted again by heart #3616167

I have screen caps of your Boston bombing fake injuries / fake blood / crisis actors disinfo posts.


ZH is being targeted by FedGov spambots & human operatives saturating the comment sections with garbage and disinformation in addition to down voting certain posters.

They are not harmless trolls, they are professional operatives attempting to undermine and discredit ZH via multi nics & sock puppets.

Attacking this post by constant down voting speaks for itself: the shills exposed themselves.

Case closed.

Midasking's picture

It is going to be exciting when in happens in the US of A.  LA riots will look like a Sunday picnic http://tinyurl.com/mem7o7x

Martin Silenus's picture

"Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves."

~ Henry David Thoreau 

jekyll island's picture

Love it.  The population is showing some backbone standing up to the gubmint.  What is going on in the US?  WHy, Occupy Wall Street of course.  Remember them?  I think they wanted the gubmint to take care of them cradle to grave.  

greatbeard's picture

>> WHy, Occupy Wall Street of course.  Remember them?  I think they wanted the gubmint to take care of them cradle to grave. 

At least occupy did something.  What did you do?  The police state came down hard on them and I'm sure you were cheering the whole way.  Nice job of gobbling up the government propaganda.

GetZeeGold's picture



Did the IRS do all they could to stifle Occupy Wall Street too?


Get the government and hippies out of the American people's face.....don't have much hope in either one of them.

I would point out much of our government is old hippies from the 60s......not working out that good.

greatbeard's picture

>> Did the IRS do all they could to stifle Occupy Wall Street too?

And that has what, exactly, to do with the whole situation?  Jerk your head out of your southern orifice and think for yourself for a change.  There is a common enemy and it's not your fellow low end citizens.  And while you're at it, jerk your nose out of corporate america's ass.

Harbanger's picture

The whole thing was orchestrated by the left.  Progressive Nanny Bloomberg even welcomed them there at first.  Problem was there were too many cameras and interviews which started making them look bad so it became counter productive.  That's when they where thrown out by the same people that invited them.

swiss chick's picture

Not everyone from the 60s were hippies, believe me...

SpiceMustFlow's picture

What did occupy accomplish besides shitting all over the ground and raping each other? Pointed out how useless we are as a fucking country? 

"Well you see maaan, it's like the corporations, they, you know, they're bad maaaaaaan. Capitalism root of all evil blablabla," fuck those assholes, should've been on capital hill, at pentagon and Eccles bldg. What happens when we have stupidity compounded over so many generations

greatbeard's picture

> > What did occupy accomplish besides shitting all over the ground and raping each other?

Propaganda sheeple whore.

SpiceMustFlow's picture

Idk, I've never raped anyone, and only shit on the ground when backpacking, but then I politely cover it up so as to not be consumed by the evil bear. Fucking bitch made motherfucker.

friendly reminder: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGL-Ex1CD1c

Mr. Schiff goes to OWS

Colonel Jessup's picture

The answer is nothing - there were somen educated folks out there who were protesting in goiod faith, backed by some basic knowledge of how the system works and why it is destroying the futures - but most were absolutely clueless and were there for the free pot and sex with hippie chicks.

They were also infiltrated by Soros people who were paying professional protesters to organize the rabble. It might have started as an organic movement, but it certainly did not end that way.