Protests Spread Throughout Brazil


Turkey isn’t the only country experiencing protests right now; people are also gathering to demonstrate in Brazil.

Protests began last week in São Paulo when bus fare was raised from three reais to R$3.20 (about $1.50 to $1.60), and have since expanded to the country’s major cities. There are reports of police brutality, and both protesters and police officers have sustained injuries.

The larger issues at stake for the protesters include inflation, government corruption, and the cost of hosting the World Cup and the Olympics.

This video shows (sometimes disturbing) footage of some of the protests in São Paulo with commentary by professors, pundits, and a reporter who was injured by the police. It’s in Portuguese, but the English closed-caption option works pretty well.

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →