2013-06-21 22:00:00

Brazil Protests Take Off on Social Media

Brazil's massive protests are extending into social media, where demonstrators are taking their messages critical of the Brazilian government to Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

Under the hashtag #changebrazil, and a Facebook page of the same name, a group of protesters is circulating a series of videos that explains the motivation behind the riots that continue to spread across the country.

The protests in Brazil began June 10 in Rio de Janeiro, but have spread to other areas of the country.

The moblization originally began as a protest against the increase in public transportation fares. But that was simply the straw that broke the camel's back. The movement has expanded to raise other social concerns, including a boycott of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

In videos posted on YouTube, protesters question the high salaries and nepotism of government officials, while ordinary citizens are earning minimum wage. They also criticize the amount the government is spending on the World Cup in comparison to health and education.

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