Brazil government rolls back transit hike – Americas – Al Jazeera English.
The people protesting in Brazil won a small victory through their actions but it appears the government nixing the rate hike will not be enough to stop calls for change. It seems the people and the government have different priorities at the moment relating to the money Brazil is spending in preparation of hosting next year’s World Cup. From the article:
The target of the protests quickly widened to include corruption and excessive government spending on hosting football tournaments instead of on health, education and other public services.
How strange that people would want the government spending money on areas that would help the country in the long term instead of primping it for a few soccer matches next year? I suppose they prefer silly things like knowing how to read and being alive longer over the all important World Cup. Don’t they know how shiny it is?
I’m kidding, of course, as it is great to see these protests carry on and hopefully we will see even more people getting out and showing their priorities to the government. It would be a powerful sign to the world if Brazilians can push to their government to spend more on social spending instead of using money on soccer stadiums.