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Comment: I live in Rio de Janeiro and

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I live in Rio de Janeiro and

I live in Rio de Janeiro and I cant tell you a little bit of whats going on here. The bus fare increases around the country was only the excuse to build up the movement. We havent had anything remotely like this since maybe the last days of dictatorship. We have been apathetic before the government's corruption for almost 30 years.

Yes, we are a socialist country and this is a demand for better government services. But transportation companies, for example, are private although very entangled with government officials. Rio's mayor, Eduardo Paes, along with Governor Sergio Cabral (both from the same party) have made some blatantly fraudulent deals with bus companies' owners to create a sort of cartel, extend their area of operation and, at the same time, allow fares to increase at periodic rates. Governor Cabral was also involved in a major scandal with construction company DELTA, making illegal contracts for the state's infrastructure in order for both parties to profit. This was on public record but Cabral was heavily protected and nothing happened to him.

Maracana stadium's overhaul was initially estimated to cost 800 million reais (around 400 million dollars at the time) but the final cost skyrocketed to 1.2 billion, all using political tricks like "emergency costs", in which you don't have to call public tenders to ask for more money. We have truly criminals running our government right now. We have built a few other very expensive stadiums in places where there is very little demand for them, where the local teams draw little to no crowd.

The major grief among the population is that all this money was deviated into politician's hands while thousands of people suffer to get treated at public hospitals, equipments are rubbish etc.

Our public schools are totally out of the reality, with stupid low wages for teachers and very poor infrastructure. They do not prepare the students to enter the marketplace. In fact, the private sector often ridicules and refuses people coming from public education over somebody else.

These protests were/are surprinsingly fully spontaneous. All done through facebook and hearsay. At the streets, people shout "no violence" and "no parties". Everyone who tries to raise a political party flag gets booed out of it. Globo TV (our equivalent to Fox News) reporters also get booed and booted out of the crowd. It's been mostly pacific, despite a small troublesome group who always show up at the end to riot.

To sum up, every brazilian is astonished with whats going on here. The state of mind around here is of warmth, joy and union. We kind of feel close to each other and this is great. For a long time we made fun of ourselves for being too apathetic, now the pride is returning to our hearts. Let's see whats going to happen.