Demonstrations have swept the country with hundreds of thousands joining in what has been dubbed the Vinegar Revolt, ever since protesters used vinegar-soaked cloths to protect themselves from police adamant on dispersing them with teargas on June 13, 2013.
In the largest showing of the movement yet, more than a million people took to the streets of large and small cities throughout Brazil on June 21, 2013, during which a young man was killed after he was hit by a car in Ribeirao Preto and dozens were hurt in confrontations with the police in Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, and Salvador.
Since last year, many protests were launched against bus fare inflation and inadequate public transportation in the country, but these latest demonstrations have more coordination and strength. With the beginning of the Confederations Cup, an event which comes before the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, protesters are taking to the streets to demonstrate their dissatisfaction with the country's infrastructure and the massive amount of public money spent on mega sport events.
Some fear [pt] that the mass movement risks being hijacked by political parties or the extreme right in the country. Others see nationalistic hints [pt] in the movement and worry that discourages political debate. But the fact remains that Brazilians are piling onto the streets with anger against their government and a deep distrust of the current political system.
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- Free Fare Movement São Paulo Facebook Page the group that kickstarted the bus fare protests.
- No Movimento [In the Movement] is a collaborative site tracking protests in eight state capitals.
- VemPraRua.Org is collecting news, videos, photos and personal accounts about various protests throughout Brazil.
- For collaborative maps check out Vemprarua.com's map and #protestosbr.