The Economist – Cheering for Argentina, Protest in Brazil


As always, in King’s English, The Economist newspaper simplifies and exaggerates. My question, writing from Rio Grande do Sul — Is RJ (Rio de Janeiro state) affected differently than other Brazilian states like SC (Santa Catarina) and RS (Rio Grande do Sul) by World Cup because it also has the Olympics?

Protest in Brazil

Cheering for Argentina

The protest movement that shook Brazil last year has not died. But it is unlikely to disrupt the World Cup

WITH a university degree and a flat in a smart neighbourhood of São Paulo, Ernesto Filho, a 33-year-old choreographer and dancer, is not your average Brazilian. He is, however, typical of the 1m people who took to the streets 12 months ago, in the greatest social unrest Brazil has seen in two decades.

The protests began on June 6th last year, with a small rally against a rise in São Paulo bus fares of 20 centavos (at the time, nine American cents). Over two weeks they morphed into a nationwide outpouring of dismay at shoddy public services, corruption, the cost of living, ineffectual government and much else. Since then politicians and pundits have been analysing the events, which unfolded as Brazil hosted the Confederations Cup, a warm-up tournament for the football World Cup that begins on June 12th—and trying to work out whether they should brace for a replay.

Published by Janar Wasito

Janar Wasito is the manager of Magis Capital in San Diego, CA. He is a graduate of Harvard and Stanford Law School, and a former Marine Officer.

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