Maybe all those years of coming together to create Carnaval will finally pay off for the Brazilian people, the most highly-taxed society on Earth, at 53%.
These citizens of the country with 6th largest economy in the world hope that they have something to show all others on this planet, similarly disgruntled with their own corrupt governments.
Although Brazil has a nationalized healthcare system based on that of the UK, as well as many other social programs, similar to the US’ Food Stamps and Welfare, in addition to public schools, the quality of these services and the general infrastructure fall short of standards in Scandinavian countries with similar taxation rates and lower GDPs (and populations, to be sure). In any case, Brazilians are rightfully fed-up with being raped by their government, which is horribly corrupt; where elected representatives nakedly steal from the public till.
This video shows a massive crowd of demonstrators that formed last Tuesday in front of the National Congress building in Brazil’s capital. They peacefully, jubilantly and defiantly proclaimed that they won’t stop until 20 million people stand before Congress in Brasilia, to tell their representatives that what they’re doing with their money, with their health and with their education is wrong.
Here is a translation of what sounds like several hundred people are saying, in unison:
Take note that our activism has made a difference –
but the movement has only just begun!
We are part of a national struggle, of a worldwide struggle
We can’t stop, now! Therefore, it’s important that everyone here
be in front of the subway stairs next to the bus station this Thursday at 6AM
We will continue the movement because our struggle is much bigger than this!
We will only stop when we put 1 million, 2 million, 3 million,
20 million people HERE (in front of the Brazilian Congress) TO TELL THEM
THAT IT’S NOT RIGHT, WHAT THEY ARE DOING WITH OUR
MONEY, WITH OUR HEALTH, WITH OUR EDUCATION!
“TOMORROW WILL BE BIGGER!
“TOMORROW WILL BE BIGGER!”
As for the graffiti and vandalism that occurred during last Tuesday’s demonstrations in Brazil’s financial capital of São Paulo, demonstration organizers are claiming that these acts were committed by government plants: “There are police officers and other shady organizations which infiltrated the demonstrations, promoting extreme acts precisely to criminalize the movement.”