Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

6/18/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Massive protests are taking place just prior to the visit of Pope Francis.

Demonstrations have erupted across Brazil, and curiously, they have gone largely unreported across the media. On Monday, an estimated 100,000 people took to the streets to protest the government, poor quality services, corruption, taxes, and police brutality.

Protestors converged on the Congressional building to oppose taxes, poor services, corruption, and police tactics.

Protestors converged on the Congressional building to oppose taxes, poor services, corruption, and police tactics.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

6/18/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Americas

Keywords: Brazil, media, Pope Francis, protests, occupy, coverage, Confederation Cup, World Cup, Olympics


SAO PAULO, BRAZIL (Catholic Online) - Brazil is one of the world largest countries and will soon be the host of the World Cup, the Pope, and in three years, the Olympics. However, for now the country is beset by the greatest civil unrest since the 1980s, giving some security officials pause.

Protesters have gathered to oppose a number of issues, including government corruption, taxes, poor quality services, and now police brutality. Protesters said they originally gathered to protest a ten-cent hike in mass transit fares, however since last week the movement has grown dramatically.

More than 100,000 people took to the streets on Monday after reports of police brutality against protesters went viral.

Last week, police fired tear gas and rubber bullets into a largely peaceful demonstration of less than 5,000 people. Police were also filmed attacking reporters on at least one occasion, even allegedly beating one of them. Several films show protesters standing peacefully as police deployed aggressive tactics to disperse them. In another video, shot from the seventh floor of a building, police were filmed shooting tear gas at the camera despite its height.

Sao Paulo is the financial capital of the nation and has witnessed the largest demonstrations. In the capital of Brasilia, protesters marched on Congress and while some windows in the government building were broken the protest remained peaceful. Police did not use force on that occasion, possibly because they were concerned about world scrutiny.

Almost as amazing as the protests themselves has been their abject lack of coverage in world media. The protests in Turkey, which were finally cleared out last week, have received more notice. The protests in Brazil have gone largely unmentioned.

Yet the protests there are some of the largest since the end of that country's dictatorship in 1985.

World attention is coming regardless. The Confederations Cup is being hosted in the country, and next month Pope Francis is slated to visit. Next year, the World Cup will be hosted in Brazil and the Olympics come to Rio De Janeiro in 2016.

However, if security cannot be maintained, then these events may have to be postponed, rescheduled,  cancelled, or even located elsewhere.

So far, the protests have been peaceful with the bulk of violence coming from aggressive policing.

If the government is capable of adopting reforms that will appease the people, then all can proceed as planned. If not, then who knows what's next for South America's largest and most influential country.

Meanwhile, the question stands: where is the news coverage?

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


© 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2014
Sports:
That sports may always be occasions of human fraternity and growth.
Lay Missionaries: That the Holy Spirit may support the work of the laity who proclaim the Gospel in the poorest countries.



Comments


More Americas

PROTECTING THE PAST: Peru resorts to drones to save archaeological treasures Watch

Image of Home to the spectacular Inca city of Machu Picchu as well as thousands of ancient ruins, Peruvian archaeologists are working around the clock to protect sites from squatters, builders and miners.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A culture is worth nothing if it doesn't preserve its past. To this end, the South American nation of Peru has now resorted to unmanned drones to protect its many archaeological sites. Home to the spectacular Inca city of Machu Picchu as well as thousands of ... continue reading


Would you know if a tiger was in your home? Watch

Image of A tiger was found in a cage in a room of an abandoned house by Mexican authorities. The tiger has been moved to a local zoo while police conduct an investigation.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A Bengal tiger was found by Mexican police officer in an abandoned house after they  received an anonymous tip from a member of the public. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The property was located in the municipality of Chilapa de Alvarez, in the state of ... continue reading


CHILD LABOR HORROR: Ten-year-old children can now be put to work in Bolivia Watch

Image of Ten-year-olds will be able to work as long as they are under parental supervision and also attend school. Twelve is now the minimum age for a child to work under contract. Those children would also have to attend school.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Long a blight of many civilized nations, the South American nation of Bolivia has become the first nation to legalize child labor for children as young as 10 years old. Congress approved the legislation early this month, and Vice President Alvaro Garcia signed ... continue reading


Watch out America! China invades South America with epic trade deal Watch

Image of Brazil is one of the countries that is seeing a massive economic boom, and has made major deals with China in the last few years.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

China is expanding its trade partnership with Brazil, with a $7.5 billion financing agreement with Brazilian miner Vale, the purchase of 60 passenger jets from Brazilian plane maker Embraer, and renewed commitment to invest in Brazil's infrastructure. LOS ... continue reading


Looking good for your age? Try this Brazilian who's 126 Watch

Image of Jose Aguinelo dos Santos was reportedly born on July 7, 1888, a recently released birth certificate says. If true, at 126 years old, he would be the oldest person alive.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A Brazilian man may hold the distinction of being the oldest living person in the world after he received a birth certificate showing that he turned 126 last week. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Jose Aguinelo dos Santos was born on July 7, 1888 to two former ... continue reading


Putin meets with Fidel Castro and his brother: Russia and Cuba to work together Watch

Image of Cuba and Russia at one time enjoyed one of the firmest Cold War alliances. That relationship ended abruptly with the collapse of the Soviet bloc at the start of the 1990s.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Cuban President Raul Castro, joined by his ailing brother Fidel met with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Both Putin and his Cuban counterpart signed a slew of agreements expanding cooperation between the two countries. Russia has been the communist island's ... continue reading


The only clear winner in the World Cup - is Univison Watch

Image of Legions of soccer fans used Univision's free streaming to covertly watch games on their office computers or cellphones.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Whatever side of the fence you're on with the World Cup - along with the worldwide televised phenomenon it's quickly become, it's clear that the only real winner will be Univision. It's a gamble that paid off. Taking half-a-million dollars, the Spanish language ... continue reading


Peruvian government makes abortions easier to obtain Watch

Image of Women who become  pregnant as a result of the crime of rape are not allowed an abortion in Peru because the child in the womb is also recognized as having a right to life. The U.N. is attempting to coerce Peru to change its laws to allow abortion in cases of rape.The legislators of Peru do not want to promote another crime in response to horrendous crime of rape. The death of the child would also be a criminal act.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Peru may be making the procurement of an abortion easier. The South American nation, along with  many others on the continent, have had very stringent laws on taking the life of a child in the womb through procured abortion. Every procured abortion always ... continue reading


Nicaragua canal will be 'the biggest [project] built in the history of humanity' Watch

Image of Workers supervise the dredging of the Río San Juan in Nicaraugua.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Hailed as "the biggest [project] built in the history of humanity," the Nicaraguan government and the Hong Kong-based HKND Group plans to build a canal linking the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean. A route has been settled upon, stretching 173 miles from Punta ... continue reading


Amazon rainforest may have been a savannah just 2,000 years ago Watch

Image of As little as 2,000 years ago, the parts of the Amazon rainforest might have actually been savannah, new evidence suggests.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Researchers have recently revealed that parts of the immense Amazon rainforest may have been grassland until just about 2,000 years ago, citing that a shift to a wetter climate may have been the culprit. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The study, which ... continue reading


All Americas News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Gospel, John 11:19-27
19 and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for July 29th, 2014 Image

St. Martha
July 29: "Jesus loved Martha and Mary and Lazarus." This unique ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter