2014-06-19 17:12:22

Dave Zirin on Brazil's Mass Protests Against World Cup Displacement

Thousands of people marched in Brazil on Wednesday in one of the largest protests of the 2014 World Cup. Members of the Homeless Workers Movement blocked a major freeway in São Paulo to protest massive spending on the tournament and to call for more affordable housing. In another World Cup city, Porto Alegre, police fired tear gas and stun grenades at demonstrators protesting against the international soccer body, FIFA. The peaceful protesters were vastly outnumbered by an army of riot police in military gear. Earlier this week, Vice President Joe Biden was in Brazil to watch the United States defeat Ghana 2-1 — and to try to mend ties with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff after revelations of National Security Agency's spying on Brazil, including on Rousseff's personal cellphone. All of this comes as Brazil looks ahead to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, with another round of mass displacement underway.

Brazil Homelessness

Related

The Thom Hartmann Program

A Nation Cowering in Fear of Mass Shootings Is Not Free

A Nation Cowering in Fear of Mass Shootings Is Not Free

Rising Up With Sonali

New Report Outlines Vision for Housing For All

New Report Outlines Vision for Housing For All

Democracy Now!

Climate Crisis = Heath Emergency: Air Pollution, Pandemics & Displacement Make the World Sick

Climate Crisis = Heath Emergency: Air Pollution, Pandemics & Displacement Make the World Sick

Just Solutions

Homelessness In The Wake Of Wildfires

Homelessness In The Wake Of Wildfires

Proud Partners