VIDEO: Powerful Scenes from Recent Protests in Brazil

Jun 16, 2013
10:32 am

This is one video you will very likely not see on on the mainstream nightly news.


This is powerful, and it happened in Brazil this week.

You can learn more about the protests here or follow #changebrazil.

Before yesterday’s opening game of the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup being held in Brazil —also the home of the 2014 World Cup— the BBC reported that 30 people were arrested and 39 were injured:

Up to 1,000 Brazilians demonstrated outside the country’s national stadium to vent their anger at the amount of money the country is spending on staging next year’s World Cup.

Police used tear gas and pepper spray to control protestors before the match, in which Brazil beat Japan 3-0.

There were also reports rubber bullets were used and 30 arrests were made.

Demonstrators held up posters reading: “We don’t need the World Cup” and “We need money for hospitals and education”.

BBC Sport’s South American football correspondent Tim Vickery told BBC World Service: “Brazilian society was explicitly told in 2007 that all of the money spent on stadiums would be private money.

“It hasn’t worked out that way at all. More than 90% of the money being spent on football stadiums is public money.”