Sunday, June 15, 2014

World Cup Protests and Hope of a New World

Never in recent history,Brazil has witnessed such violent protests as is seen these days against the FIFA World Cup football. Even while majority in the country are in utter poverty, the government shelled out huge amount of money for the Cup and the eviction work held as part of "work of modernization" and "safety measures thousands of men, women and children were left homeless. Even while raising slogans against the evictions and the Cup, these protests have clear political orientation too. They are raising slogans of socialism and the flag they are waving are red. They carry the pictures of Dr. Saibaba, the Indian professor, who is in jail for voicing his protest against the Indian oppressor state.   Though no mainstream medium is covering the news of protests from Brazil, its coming out through alternative media. Here are some photographs, videos and a woman's testimony of a homeless woman

“Evicted from Rio de Janeiro:
This is a shame! They’re doing it all over again! Silently, overnight! The politicians ordered it! Eduardo Paes (Rio’s mayor) and Pazao (Rio’s governor) ordered it!
Demand that they evict and hit our children! Instead of providing houses? Instead of talking that UPP shit out of our communities?
You are just oppressing us with this bullshit! 
We don’t have any sticks! We don’t have anything to confront you with! You’re a bunch of cowards! You’re worst than a trench!”
In the name of FIFA's World Cup, the government created the UPP project – unit of pacifying police – in some of Rio’s slums (favelas).
The UPP merely   set some military police inside favelas to pretend Rio is not a violent city.
After all, FIFA and the World Cup’s sponsors need this kind of make-up.
With the “pacification” of favelas rent fees have raised so much that poor people have been forced to leave their homes and occupy abandoned buildings over the city.
This woman is one of the new World Cup’s homeless.
Anywhere people go, the government sends its military police to evict them with the use of force and violence. These people were occupying the sidewalk beside the city hall, fighting for their rights  after being evicted from an occupation at a telephone company (named Oi) abandoned building.
This is Brazil under a dictatorship in the name of mega-events…”