Brazil Protests 2013: Protesters Make It Clear They Won't Be Appeased By the Government

Brazilian authorities repealed the country’s most recent bus fare hikes, but that may not be enough to quell the frustrations of the protesters who have seemingly taken over the country.

Since the demonstrations in the country began a week ago, more Brazilians have flooded the streets. Thursday is expected be the biggest day of protests yet, with hundreds of thousands of Brazilians expected to protest despite the state's decision to rescind the fare hike.

The continuation of demonstrations has to do with more than just bus fares. Heightened gas prices may have caused the initial spark for the protests, but as this chart by Datafolha indicates, the protesters in Sao Paulo are not just enraged by the bus fares, but overall corruption as well. Thirty-one percent say they are protesting against violence and repression, and 24% want better politicians for Brazil. 

Some protesters, angry about the state's spending on the 2014 World Cup, are also calling for a national boycott of the event. 

Based on a BBC report, some of the protesters' banners read, "A teacher is worth more than Neymar," referencing a famous Brazilian soccer player. 

Even Neymar is on the side of the protesters. Via Facebook, Neymar wrote, "I'm Brazilian and I love my country. I have a family and friends who live in Brazil. For that reason, I want a Brazil which is more just, safer, healthier and more honest."

A long as the civil disobedience continues, we may see that Brazil. 

 

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