Munduruku, Para, Brazil
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.
- One of several journalist the Brazilian police shot in the face with rubber bullets during June 2013 protest in Sao Paulo
Giuliana Valone, journalist shot in the face by Brazilian police during June 213 protests, Sao Paulo.
Brazilian police hit journalist Pedro Rocha in the eye with a rubber bullet during protests in Fortaleza, 27 June 2013.
- In case you have yet to understand why Brazilians are protesting, please note that “In Fortaleza, more than 1,600 people suffering from kidney disease depend on dialysis in order to survive. But due to non-payment dating back to December 2012, clinics (under contract with public health system, SUS, Sistema Unico de Saude, might make treatment to dialysis patients unavailable at any moment. ” Contrast that with the Bolsa Copa per diem of close to 600 Reais awarded by the government to parliamentarians and military officers who wish to attend World Cup games. Abuse of privilege, corruption, and a host of social problems are among the reasons Fortalezenses protested yesterday. Allegedly, yesterday was the first time police used a sonic canon against the citizenry, something police spokesperson denies though some of the symptoms experienced by some of the demonstrators–vomiting, for example–could be attributed to acoustic trauma.According to Castelao stadium are residents they and their children suffered the effects of mass control weapons used by policemen who invaded their houses searching for protesters. Police also attacked members of the media with rubber bullets and tear gas. So far, 200 people have lodged complaints with the Ceara Public Defenders Office.
“Worried about the growing repression by the police against demonstrations and the authorities’ inability to protect, adequately, the right to peaceful demonstrations,” Amnesty International Brazil,
is appealing to the public to act against police violence” by contacting the following people,
- – Governador do Estado do Rio de Janeiro
Rua Pinheiro Machado s/n – Laranjeiras
CEP: 22238-900 Rio de Janeiro – RJ
– Governador do Estado de Minas Gerais
Palácio Tiradentes – Rod. Prefeito Américo Gianetti – S/N
Belo Horizonte – MG
– Governador do Distrito Federal
Palacio do Buriti – 1º andar, sala P60
Praça do Buriti
– Governador do Estado da Bahia
Predio da Governadoria
3ª. AV, 390 – PLATAFORMA IV – CAB
Salvador – BA
– Governador do Estado de Goiás
Palácio Pedro Ludovico Teixeira
RUA 82, 400
– Governador do Estado de São Paulo
Palácio dos Bandeirantes
Av. Morumbi, 4.500 – Portão 2 – Morumbi
São Paulo – SP
– Governador do Estado do Ceará
Palácio da Abolição
Av. Barão de Studart, 505 – Meireles
Fortaleza – CE
– Governador do Estado do Pará
Palácio de Despachos
Rodovia Augusto Montenegro, KM 9
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