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[link]Reuters,http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/ ... 5S20130617[/link]





Protests build in Brazil as discontent spreads





(Reuters) - Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched through the streets of Brazil's biggest cities on Monday in a growing protest that is tapping into widespread anger at poor public services, police violence and government corruption.





The marches, organized mostly through snowballing social media campaigns, blocked streets and halted traffic in more than a half-dozen cities, including Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte and Brasilia, where demonstrators swarmed past the Congress and Presidential Palace.





While peaceful, and unfolding mostly as a festive display of dissent, Monday's demonstrations were the latest in a flurry of protests over the past two weeks that have added to unease over Brazil's sluggish economy, high inflation and a spurt in violent crime.These totally amazing photos are from a [link]thread on DU,http://www.democraticunderground.com/10023036605[/link].





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[link]Associated Press,http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/wor ... e12633268/[/link]





Brazilian President backs massive protests, says demands are legitimate





Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said on Tuesday the massive protests that have swept the country in recent weeks represent legitimate calls for better public services and more responsive governance at all levels.





Speaking the morning after hundreds of thousands of Brazilians marched through more than a half-dozen cities nationwide, Rousseff said her government remains committed to social change and is listening attentively to the many grievances expressed at the protests. ...





Monday’s demonstrations were the largest show of collective dissent in Brazil since an economic crisis and a corruption scandal led to the toppling of a president 20 years ago. The protests are uniting multitudes frustrated by poor transportation, health services, education and security despite a heavy tax burden. ...





A survey by the Datafolha polling agency suggested a large majority of participants at the Sao Paulo protest had no affiliation with any political party and nearly three-quarters of Monday’s participants were taking part in the protests for the first time.


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For more coverage, go to [/break1]globo.com/?id=newsletter]http://g1.globo.com/?id=newsletter, and get a poorly translated idea of what is happening country-wide. Concurrent with all of the protests, the Confederations Cup is taking place in many of these same cities. The CC is a qualifying tournament for next summer's World Cup. Thus far, none of that coverage has spilled over into the futbol coverage,





I also have it on good authority that one of our Greenies is learning Portuguese. Great practice, I'd say.


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Muck, is that you in your avatar? Who knew you were such a cutie ;;)


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Muck, is that you in your avatar? Who knew you were such a cutie ;;)Yuppers, that's me.


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[link]Aljazeera,http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/ ... 27165.html[/link]





Clashes erupt at Brazil teachers' protest





Clashes have broken out in Rio de Janeiro as striking teachers and their supporters took to the streets to protest against salary levels and a police crackdown on earlier demonstrations.





Organisers rallied thousands in the centre of the Brazilian city on Monday night to demonstrate for the teachers, who are demanding pay increases and an overhaul of the education system. Protesters also spoke out against what many considered to be an excessive use of police force on demonstrating teachers a week ago. ...





The protest began peacefully, with demonstrators occupying one of Rio's major downtown boulevards. According to police, about 10,000 protesters filled the streets. The teachers' union, however, put that figure at closer to 50,000 people. ...





Rio's police forces have come under criticism in recent months for their forceful responses to a series of street protests that have swept the city since June, when small demonstrations against a subway and bus fare hike in Sao Paulo snowballed into a nationwide movement.





The head of the military police was replaced, but allegations of police brutality against demonstrators have persisted under his successor.


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[link]New York Times,http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014 ... .html?_r=0[/link]: Grand Visions Fizzle in Brazil


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[link]Reuters,http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/ ... HX20140509[/link]





Brazil's Rousseff drops in new election poll, rivals gain





(Reuters) - Support for President Dilma Rousseff among Brazilian voters has fallen and her main rivals have gained ground, reducing her chances of an outright win in the October 5 election, a new poll by Datafolha showed on Friday.





The poll showed support for Rousseff slipped one percentage point to 37 percent, while Aecio Neves added four points to 20 percent and Eduardo Campos increased one point to 11 percent compared with its April poll, Datafolha said.





Rousseff´s comfortable lead at the start of the year has been undermined by concerns over rising inflation in a slow economy and political scandal surrounding management of Brazil´s largest company, state-run Petroleo Brasileiro SA. ...





The decline in support for the president has led factions within the ruling Workers' Party (PT) to call for former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Rousseff's predecessor and mentor, to run in her place to ensure the party stays in power.





Datafolha said 58 percent of those polled thought Lula should be the PT's candidate. Among PT supporters polled, 75 percent want to see Lula run again.


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Poor Brazil. The IOC is asking London if they could please sir use their Olympic infrastructure just in case Brazil, who is only 10% along the road and is also hosting a big soccer thingie in between, flakes.Things are not currently looking up for Brazil, neither about its readiness (or lack thereof) to host the World Cup this summer regarding its preparedness to host the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. In fact, the latter has Olympic officials so worried that, reportedly, they’re considering scrapping the Rio plan altogether and tapping London to host the games again instead. This would be the first time in the modern age that a city would host two consecutive Olympics. The London Evening Standard writes:“London has been secretly asked if it would be able to take over the 2016 Olympics because Brazil is so far behind on preparations, the Evening Standard has learned.“An informal approach was made by Olympics bosses to discover whether enough venues from the triumphant 2012 London Games could be brought back into use.”Last month, John Coates, a vice president of the International Olympic Committee, called Rio’s preparations “the worst [he] had experienced.” He also said at that time that the Games would go on in Brazil and that the IOC had no backup plan. Times have changed, though, according to the unnamed source quoted by the Standard:[/break1]washingtonpost.com/blogs/early-lead/wp/2014/05/09/should-london-host-the-2016-summer-olympics-instead-of-rio/?tid=hpModule_04941f10-8a79-11e2-98d9-3012c1cd8d1e]http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ear ... 12c1cd8d1e


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Maybe they should bring Lula back in. He mostly kept things in hand down there.


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Tens of thousands march demanding Brazil president's ouster



RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Tens of thousands of Brazilians are marching in cities demanding President Dilma Rousseff's impeachment and blasting what they say is deep government corruption.



In many instances, demonstrators openly called for a military coup to dissolve the government.



The Sunday marches were peaceful, with families wearing shirts with colors of the Brazilian flag and holding placards demanding Rousseff's ouster.



The demonstrations come amid an inquiry into a kickback scheme at state-run oil company Petrobras, which prosecutors call the biggest corruption case yet uncovered in Brazil.








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U.S. bets on Brazil, extends new invitation to Rousseff



(Reuters) - The Obama administration has again invited Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff for a state visit to Washington, a diplomatic breakthrough that both sides hope will lead over time to greater trade between the two biggest economies in the Americas.

Rousseff had originally been scheduled to make a state visit, which involves a black-tie dinner at the White House and is considered the strongest expression of friendly ties between allies, in October 2013.

But the leftist leader canceled her trip after she was angered by revelations that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) spied on her personal communications. She said it was "incompatible" with a relationship among allies. ...

Yet, after more than a year of efforts by both sides to heal relations, Vice President Joe Biden re-extended the invitation to Rousseff in a phone call on March 13, sources with knowledge of the conversation told Reuters on condition of anonymity.








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Brazil bracing for day of nationwide protests





RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Anti-government demonstrators began streaming into the streets of cities throughout Brazil on Sunday to demand the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff.

It was the second such day of protests in less than a month and comes as polls show Rousseff entering the fourth month of her second term in office with historically low approval ratings.

Helicopter television images showed demonstrators, many of them dressed in the yellow and green colors of the Brazilian flag and brandishing placards reading "Dilma Out," congregating in the capital, Brasilia, in the northeastern cities of Salvador and Belem and in Belo Horizonte in central Brazil.

Demonstrations were expected later in Rio de Janeiro and in Brazil's economic capital, Sao Paulo, where more than 200,000 people turned out for the last round of demonstrations. The March 25 protest was among the biggest in Sao Paulo since demonstrations in 1984 demanding the end of the military dictatorship.








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Brazil blogger known for reporting on corruption found decapitated



The decapitated body of a Brazilian blogger known for denouncing corrupt politicians has been found in a rural zone in south-eastern Minas Gerais state, police said on Wednesday.

Evany José Metzker, 67, was reported missing five days before his body was found near the town of Padre Paraíso in one of Brazil’s poorest regions.

“His hands were tied behind his back and his body showed signs of torture,” a police press officer said, adding that the murder was apparently motivated by Metzker’s recent investigations into child prostitution and drug trafficking. ...

“There is a climate of terror in the region that intimidates reporters from doing their job,” he said, adding that Metzker often received death threats.








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Brazil's economy hits the skids

Sao Paulo (AFP) - Bad news piled up Friday for Brazil's economy, with the real plunging to its lowest level against the dollar in 12 years and analysts warning the home of samba will need years to recover its economic rhythm.

For President Dilma Rousseff, weakened by government approval ratings of just 7.7 percent, things appear to be falling apart.

Friday's tumble of the national currency to 3.34 to the dollar followed Thursday's news of unemployment rising in June for a sixth month, while annual inflation has risen to almost nine percent.

Analysts say Brazil's once booming economy suffers deep underlying illnesses, notably the massive corruption scandal unfolding at national oil company Petrobras and rippling across other top companies and into political circles.


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Water pollution at 2016 Summer Olympics remains a concern

Amid continuing worry about pollution at open-water sites for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, a new study shows swimmers and boaters could face serious health risks.

The venues where numerous events will take place are tainted with human sewage, according to tests conducted over five months by the Associated Press.

The situation remains a concern to the International Olympic Committee.

“On the one hand we see great progress, on the other there is no time to lose," IOC President Thomas Bach told reporters this week.

Earlier this year, Brazilian officials acknowledged they would fall short of their goal to greatly decrease pollution in Guanabara Bay, where sailors and windsurfers will compete.


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Brazilians rage against president, corruption

Sao Paulo (AFP) - Hundreds of thousands of protesters demanded Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's resignation Sunday, blaming her and the leftist Workers' Party for runaway corruption and looming recession in Latin America's biggest country.

Crowds singing the national anthem and chanting "Dilma out!" paraded through the capital Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, the country's largest city Sao Paulo and elsewhere across Brazil. ...

It was the third major anti-Rousseff protest this year, with 600,000 demonstrators taking to the streets in April and at least one million in March.

Less than a year into her second term, Rousseff is all but a lame duck, with the opposition considering controversial impeachment proceedings, and the country's elite caught in a vast embezzlement scandal centered on state-oil company Petrobras.


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Brazil's president has an approval rating of 8%

Dilma Rousseff is now Brazil's most unpopular democratically elected president since a military dictatorship ended in 1985, says a poll out Thursday that put her approval rating at eight percent.

Seventy-one percent of those questioned in the Datafolha survey said they disapprove of the way Rousseff is doing her job, up six points since June. Her approval rating is down from 10 percent.

And two-thirds would like to see her impeached.

Rousseff, the successor of wildly popular former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, faces widespread anger over corruption, a stagnant economy and growing unemployment.


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Brazilian president teeters on impeachment precipice

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was left fighting for political life Tuesday after her vice president, leader of the main party in the coalition government, indicated he may side with opponents in the battle over her impeachment.

Backroom dealing intensified in the capital Brasilia with Congress expected to complete the formation Tuesday of the special commission that will recommend pursuing or rejecting the case against Rousseff.

The commission will then hear from Rousseff. She is accused of illegal budgeting maneuvers, but says the practices were long accepted by previous governments and that the attempt to bring her down is a "coup."

On paper, Rousseff has the numbers between her Workers' Party and main coalition ally PMDB to survive an impeachment vote when the commission sends the case to the full lower house of Congress.

However, those calculations were thrown into doubt with the publication overnight of an angry letter from PMDB leader and Vice President Michel Temer in which he all but announced their political divorce.


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Brazil’s Ex-Leader, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Is Held for Questioning

RIO DE JANEIRO — Police officers on Friday raided the home of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the former president of Brazil under investigation in a colossal graft scheme involving the national oil company, and took him into custody.

In an operation that began at 6 a.m., officers from the Federal Police swarmed Mr. da Silva’s home in São Paulo. He was taken to a federal police station at Congonhas Airport for questioning, but he has not been arrested or charged.

Universally known as Lula, Mr. da Silva, 70, remains a towering figure in the governing left-wing Workers’ Party. He was president from 2003 through 2010, and he continues to exert considerable sway as one of Brazil’s most powerful people.

More than any other politician, Mr. da Silva was the face of Brazil at a time when the country, Latin America’s largest, emerged as a rising power in the developing world, boasting huge offshore oil discoveries and thriving trade with China. ...

Supporters of Mr. da Silva have been quick to point out that almost no corner of Brazil’s political establishment has been untarnished by corruption scandals in recent months.
Update: He's been released.


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Hundreds of thousands protest throughout Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO — Hundreds of thousands of Brazilians filled streets across the country Sunday to protest corruption and call for the impeachment of deeply unpopular President Dilma Rousseff and the jailing of her predecessor, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

Protests were reported in every state in Brazil.

Wearing yellow and green Brazil national soccer team shirts and singing the national anthem, protesters denounced a multibillion-dollar corruption scandal involving bribes and kickbacks on fat contracts at the state-run oil company, Petrobras. That scandal has led to the jailing of politicians from Rousseff’s Workers’ Party and its coalition allies.

It was the fourth time in a year that protesters filled city streets across Brazil, and indications were that the number of protesters was higher than before. At least 450,000 people filled Sao Paulo’s central Paulista Avenue — more than in a 1984 human rights march that helped bring about the fall of Brazil’s dictatorship, the Datafolha polling institute reported.


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this can't be good for the Olympics.


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nor the pollution ridden oceans


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Release of tapped phone calls between Lula and Rousseff sparks mass protests in Brazil ...

Earlier in the day, Lula was appointed cabinet chief in a controversial move that Rousseff said would strengthen her government, but which critics argued was an attempt to shield the former president, who is under investigation for corruption and money-laundering, from prosecution. ...

Under Brazilian law, government ministers can be tried only in the “privileged forum” of the supreme court. Opposition activists believe any trial in Brazil’s highest court is likely to progress much more slowly than in the federal court.

They also believe that the supreme court justices – many of whom were appointed by Lula and Rousseff – may prove far more sympathetic than Moro. The judge, from the southern city of Curitiba, has already handed down a number of severe sentences for some of Brazil’s top businessmen who have been found guilty of involvement in the Petrobras scandal.

In the most damaging conversation, recorded on Wednesday afternoon, Rousseff tells Lula that she is sending him over his ministerial papers “in case of necessity”. The Brazilian media and opposition have interpreted the remarks to mean that she was giving him the papers quickly so that Lula could show them to police to avoid detention.


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Brazil: Judge suspends swearing-in of former president Lula to Cabinet post

A Brazilian federal judge has suspended, on a preliminary basis, the controversial swearing-in of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as chief of staff to Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.

"Lula," as he is known, was sworn into the Cabinet post earlier Thursday amid protests by opponents, who claim the move is an attempt to shield the former president from a corruption investigation.

State-run news agency Agencia Brasil reports that the Brazilian attorney general has said that he will appeal the judge's decision.

According to the ruling by Judge Itagiba Catta Preta Neto of the Judicial Section of the Federal District, Lula's appointment as chief of staff interferes with the "free exercise of the Judiciary Power, the operation of the Federal Police and of the Federal Prosecutor's Office."


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