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A Tale of Two World Cups in Fortaleza, Brazil
Written by João Miguel Lima On 19 June 2014 @ 9:23 am | 1 Comment
In Arts & Culture, Brazil, Citizen Media, Digital Activism, Feature, Human Rights, Latin America, Mexico, Photos, Portuguese, Protest, Sport
The sounds of vuvuzelas and fireworks mixed with those of protest chants near Arena Castelão stadium  in the Brazilian city of Fortaleza  ahead of the Mexico vs. Brazil World Cup match on June 17, 2014. As Mexican fans enjoyed themselves before the match, protesters rallied against FIFA and the government for the event's immense cost to public coffers and people, some of whom were left homeless thanks to infrastructure construction.
Nearly a year ago, the two teams played in Fortaleza for the Confederations Cup. Inside the stadium, Brazil defeated Mexico 2-0 . Outside, thousands of people protested on Alberto Craveiro and Paulino Rocha avenues against urban intervention and public spending, and clashed with military police, who used tear gas, pepper spray and rubber bullets against the crowds.
This time around, the match ended in a tie, and military police deployed dozens of special forces officers to Alberto Craveiro Avenue, a meeting place for protesters. There, they formed a blockade to secure a perimeter around the stadium.
As protesters arrived—union workers, youth, students and feminist groups—independent journalism collective Nigéria shared photos  on their Facebook page.
Heavily armed and without badges on their uniforms, officers approached and searched protesters, saying that  ”they were doing their part, investigating any suspicious behavior, such as carrying a Molotov cocktail”, according to members of media platform Na Rua  (On The Street), which is dedicated to the coverage of human rights violations during protests in Fortaleza.
A couple of kilometers away, residents threatened by forced evictions were joined by members of the Movement of People's Councils (Movimento dos Conselhos Populares – MCP), and families who were evicted or whose houses were destroyed for World Cup infrastructure work. Together, they closed one side of an express highway to protest against forced evictions and the mayor, accusing him of lacking social commitment on the issue.
A surprise for Mexican fans
Meanwhile, Mexicans seemed very excited about the match. A group of Mexican supporters donned costumes depicting the Mexican character El Chapulín Colorado , known in Brazil as Chapolin Colorado. Over 20 supporters were dressed as Chapulín, and one woman was dressed up as La Chilindrina (known in Brazil as Chiquinha) from the series “El Chavo del Ocho “, renamed in Brazil as “Chaves”. Both TV series, created by Mexican Roberto Gómez Bolaños  who also starred in them, have been extremely popular in Brazil for generations.
Twitter user Alysson shared photos of the Chapulín Colorado supporters as they arrived at the stadium:
MELHOR COPA! Chapolins indo para o Castelão acompanhar Brasil x México: pic.twitter.com/2k1Dvi3lTq 
— Aliçu. (@aalyssonbr) June 17, 2014 
THE BEST WORLD CUP! Chapulíns going to Arena Castelão to watch Brazil vs Mexico
Mais Chapolins em frente ao Castelão: pic.twitter.com/ToEAFYTrde  HAHAHHAHAHAAHAHAHAH
— Aliçu. (@aalyssonbr) June 17, 2014 
More Chapulíns in front of Castelão! HAHAHHAHAHAAHAHAHAH
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URLs in this post:
 Image: https://twitter.com/jornalismob/status/478937662318215168
 Arena Castelão stadium: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castel%C3%A3o_%28Cear%C3%A1%29
 Fortaleza: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fortaleza
 defeated Mexico 2-0: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2013/06/24/fuerachepo-mexican-fans-want-football-national-team-coach-to-quit/
 shared photos: https://www.facebook.com/coletivoNigeria/posts/686519734755501
 Image: https://www.facebook.com/coletivoNigeria/photos/a.561593913914751.1073741829.178273628913450/686519571422184/?type=1&permPage=1
 Image: https://www.facebook.com/coletivoNigeria/photos/a.561593913914751.1073741829.178273628913450/686519718088836/?type=1&permPage=1
 saying that: https://www.facebook.com/direitoshumanosnarua/posts/248160268716237
 platform Na Rua: https://www.facebook.com/direitoshumanosnarua
 Image: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=248159878716276&set=a.243322042533393.1073741828.241155812750016&type=1&permPage=1
 El Chapulín Colorado: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Chapul%C3%ADn_Colorado
 El Chavo del Ocho: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Chavo_del_Ocho
 Roberto Gómez Bolaños: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roberto_G%C3%B3mez_Bola%C3%B1os
 pic.twitter.com/2k1Dvi3lTq: http://t.co/2k1Dvi3lTq
 June 17, 2014: https://twitter.com/aalyssonbr/statuses/478923214866096129
 pic.twitter.com/ToEAFYTrde: http://t.co/ToEAFYTrde
 June 17, 2014: https://twitter.com/aalyssonbr/statuses/478926565167095808
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