According to Brazilian media, fifty-five journalist have been attacked by the police since protests against government corruption, lack of adequate social services, inequality, high taxes, and the billions of dollars spent for next year’s World Cup soccer tournament and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, started in mid-June.
Protest plebiscite which could take place in September 2013 could cost up to 500 Reais.
Ceara parliamentarian Ely Aguiar, Ceara, had this to say about Fortaleza protests, “It’s at such times that I miss the dictatorship,” adding that if he were chief of police should he would beat the living daylights out of protesters. AnistiaOline #semviolencia
Public prosecutor in Fortaleza says that his office is investigating charges of protest movement infiltration of by gangs allegedly paid for by political parties.
According to the Associated Press, President Dilma Roussef’s approval rating plummeted in the wake of protests, slipping from 64 to 40 points.
It is unclear whether there will be a general strike in Brazil tomorrow. AP reports that representatives of two of Brazil’s largest workers’ unions claimed to know nothing about it.
The fate of four Eletrobras biologists taken hostage last week, by Mundukuru Indians in the state of Para, is unknown.