In 2013, expenses related to the organization of the Football World Cup in Brazil set off a wave of protests in the poorest communities. The State used the security of the World Cup as a pretext to expropriate the inhabitants of the favelas surrounding the majors cities. The country saw massive demonstrations and strikes during months.
If tensions appear to have appeased during the World Cup event, the end of the World Cup and also the works for the Rio 2016 Olympics may mark the beginning of new protests. Despite the corruption cases that have shaken the political and economic environments, on October 26th 2014, Dilma Rousseff was back into office for a second term after a bitter election campaign with the promise to combat corruption.
Filipe Paçanha // Rio de Janeiro
Tatiane Ribeiro // São Paulo