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  • Brazil is the Promised Land – promised to the Portuguese Crown, to the English Empire, to the Americans and now to the Chinese and to FIFA.

    Today was the day when important mayors receded in the charge of the bus ticket. Now they’re trying to buy Brazilians’ shout against overtaxes and awful infrastructures giving up of R$ 0.10 on the price increasing. The Government hopes that so we agree to keep our mouth silenced about rapes and attacks in the illegal vans for transporting passengers, of the parliament assessors who have overmaximum wages without working, of the horror of the death rows in the public hospitals. Oh, it’s a deal to think about, considering that this discount will be paid by sacrificing other areas of investments!

    My colleagues of Facebook diverge on the justice of the cause. Brazil now lives a democracy. Brazil now has (some) financial stability. Brazilians have yogurt and meat on their meals (not meals for everybody though), and even can take flights and have airports to complain of them. But now our democracy brought to our reality by the left wing of PT is sauced with pepper and vinegar, with salt from the teary eyes of protestors. The major fear of our hearts is that it all “ends with pizza”, as we say for mobilizations and prosecutions and fights for rights and causes of justice that the people defend but the legislators don’t.

    Left wingers criticize popular revolt telling that it’s a non-ideological movement, “headless” (nonpartisan), or disqualify the movement telling that there are completely idiots protesting for the liberation of marijuana or walking with announces of missing people or dogs. The conservative people are also being criticized for being unspecific about political positions and calling the voices of “against corruption”, “for morality and ethic in politics” and “other babblings”. And the conservatives complain about the vandals, the robbers who steal stores and invade banks in the turmoil. But movements “against Dilma the President”, summoning others to protest for her impeachment have really not been seen with good eyes by the population.

    The facts are that the left wingers are accustomed to the role of tutors of the population, with ideological knowledge to conduct the revolutionary power. Our cultural origin is patriarchal and our left wing ideologists are children of this mentality and they believe the basis of dealing with popular rebellion is with them before the mass, leading. But now people are deluded of both wings and want to learn where our bird will put the paws. Ideologists think of population as “the headless mule”, but to guide the headless mule there’s a seven headed beast and no one now is taken as the mouth of the truth. It might be the reason for the protestors to offer flowers to the policemen in the front, and tend to hostility against mass media or journalists. Nobody is really trusting the papers or the television, and no one wants to be told what to want or what to do – nor to the left nor to the right.

    The low blow of the different mouths try to dominate the discourse of revolution, acting on the protests, accusing one another of vandalism, of infiltrating agents to promote attacks with dirty strategies to cause accusation or even to undermine the popular will and courage to protest. Now it brings a serious and inevitable question: people fight for “values”, but what values? What will be depurated from the popular avalanche on the streets claiming for the “FIFA pattern for the hospitals”? What does FIFA has of really good to propose to Brazilians a pattern that works for us?

    People ask in their banners “more bread, less circus”. As our Arnaldo Antunes and Titãs sang in “Comida” (Food), "we don’t want only food, we want an exit for any place / We don’t want only money, we want it whole and not by half”. People know that man shall not live on bread alone. And again, I think, when the principles are not in the beginning, the aims justify the means. For those people “against corruption” who sell their ballots in the election and bribe the traffic cop – as for those leaders who spread doubts about the integrity of popular vindications and believe only in “tactics of political marketing” – what will we put in corruption’s place?

    (Popular Movement in Paranaguá - portuary town in Paraná. Photo by Leonardo Martins)
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