Like many of the hundreds of thousands who have now joined protests across Brazil in recent days I watched the initial protests – about an increase in bus fares in São Paulo – from afar when they broke out on 6 June.
Why? Well, prior to Monday, when I decided to venture out onto the streets myself, I felt that despite broadly agreeing with the objectives of the protest, and even being a daily user of the city’s public transportation myself, it was probably not my place to get involved. As a ‘gringo’ and a guest of Brazil I didn’t feel it was my fight to fight – and to be honest, even now I feel a little uncomfortable commenting upon and writing about what effectively is probably none of my business.
However, what motivated me to go out on Monday, and I think this sentiment may well be shared by many others, was seeing the extent of the violence (rubber bullets, tear gas, etc) the police used last Thursday to put down what was widely reported as being a peaceful protest. The net effect of this was that whilst the actions of the police may have successfully extinguished Thursday’s protest it had the converse effect of igniting a far broader outrage throughout Brazil.
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