What do you imagine when someone says ‘Brazil’? Carnaval, sunny beaches and soccer?
Very well – because of this wide spread reputation of Brazil’s as a football/soccer nation you wouldn’t be surprised that it will host the FIFA World Cup this summer.
But what could surprise you, are disturbing facts surrounding this event: about 30 billion US dollars spended by the Brazilian government for the preparations of the event in a situation of poor health care, public education, public transportation etc. More than 250 thousand persons were evicted from their homes. And FIFA, which expects billions of dollars profit from the event, won’t have to pay any taxes.
The majority of Brazilians can see the absurdity of all this and prepare themselves to protest. But the state is aware of this and mobilizes police forces, considering protesters as terrorists.
Probably there will be many badly injured or even dead protesters in time of the event. How FIFA security counselor Andre Pruis stated to the journalists, the rubber bullets are considered as „low level of action“:
„It hurts, but what are police going to do? Use a pea shooter? Or water cannons? It doesn’t work up to a point.“ “You have to disperse them.”
We shouldn’t ignore what is going on even so far away from us. We should do something about it! Let’s meet and talk about the World Cup, the situation in Brazil and possibilities of supporting our Brazilian comrades.
Monday, April 14th, starting 7pm
at kosmotique, Martin-Luther-Straße 13
Our weapon is solidarity!
The presentation will be given by Maria from Prague, who spent some time in Brazil recently and got to know anarchist and libertarians there, as well as the new protest movement emerging there now.