Today there was another protest. This time in front of my offices in Dom Luis Avenue in the commercial heart of Fortaleza, NE Brazil.
I’ve been to a couple but this time decided to take my car off the street at 4pm and go home.
I wasn’t afraid of violence in the protests. I was afraid of traffic. So I went home earlier.
Even though the international news agencies have only been showing the few vandals among the protesters and things on fire, I was there and the movement is peaceful.
(The NY times ran a good story today. Click here to read it: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/21/world/americas/brazil-protests.html?ref=world)
Sometimes some dumb teenagers try to confront the police and others protesters walk away in disapproval.
When they vandalize something people boo them and tell them to stop. There are reports and videos of protesters holding down vandals while others fetch the police to take them to jail.
The other only cause for violence are partisans of some political parties who are trying to take advantage of the protests and want to swing their flags and make this “their party’s protests”.
They are always told to put down the flags under shouts of “no political parties, no political parties” some refused to drop the flags and were thrown off the crowd. There are also videos of that online.
Apart from that is just a bunch of people waking up to the fact that we have the power to change our country.
This movement is made of regular people from all ages, races, colors, political affiliations and social background.
The lower classes want to be middle class, the new middle class now has a better life but they want more. And the old middle class is also living a better life but thinks the country should be much better by now.
And even the rich kids are protesting for a better Brazil.
These are regular people just like you and me. Each person has something to complain. Some examples here.
These girls are protesting for a “better Brazil.” No specifics given.
This lady writes a thank you note for the Brazilian youth in whom she puts her faith for a better future.
These two friends say yes to the reforms of the Criminal, Tax, and Politics Law. (all three are ancient relics in our legal system and need upgrades)
This guy suggests that sons and daughters of politicians attend public school instead expensive private ones.
“When injustice becomes the routine, Revolution becomes a duty”
This fellow wants Kinder Eggs to be sold at R$1 (about 45 cents of a dollar)…
In a word game this lady tell the govt to stick the 20 cents in their “gas”.
Flowers on them…
“Corruption is cured with Education”
This lady says she wants a Louis Vuitton bag:
This guys says he pays so much taxes that he can’t buy candy to his children.
And the protests are working…
Federal taxes on busfares were reduced so that prices in all major cities were reduced back to last year’s value or even less.