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Brazil -- Thousands Protests With Teachers Against Corruption in Rio's Educational Sytem

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More extreme police brutality in Brazil, rubber bullets, tear gas and percussion grenades used against protestors of education system corruption

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Past Member (0)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 5:10 pm
Thank You, dear Betsy ~~

Autumn S (151)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 5:17 pm
Thank you so much for posting this, Betsy

GingerAway W (62)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 5:33 pm
Thank you dear Betsy!

Gloria p (304)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 5:33 pm
the Pope mass didn't last too long.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 5:38 pm

I can't possibly be the only one who's noticed that, when one country (considered to be a leader -- such as the U.S.) shows increasing leniency toward militarized police tactics and an utter lack of restraint . . . other nations follow suit.

Thanks for promoting awareness, Betsy.


Nicole W (646)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 5:57 pm
ty Betsy

Debbie Hogan (115)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 6:33 pm
The world's gone mad....

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 6:54 pm
Coming SOON to a City, maybe to a National Park or National Forest {where Armed Guards patrol Corporations' Mining Operations} near YOU...!!!

Fiona O (591)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 6:57 pm
Thank you, everyone, for your encouragement.

Very perceptive, Carole, armed repression exactly.

BMutiiny, I share your concern particularly in regard to Yosemite National Park and the suspicious fires this year.

Aletta Kraan (146)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 7:57 pm
Noted , Terrible !!

Helen Porter (39)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 8:14 pm
Yes, these are the "end times".

We are destroying our own planet.

Important things such as morals, education, empathy, justice have lost importance.

It is not too late. Anything can be changed.

We may be broken but we can heal and be stronger than before.

Do we want to?

Past Member (0)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 9:03 pm
Poor peeps-Boa Sorte meus amigos Brazilieros...Thx Betsy

Mandi T (397)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 10:11 pm
I guess the forgot about the Pope. The world has gone nuts!

Susanne R (237)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 11:50 pm
The only high note I could find in this article is that teachers are getting support from parents.

Thanks for posting this, Betsy. Plenty of food for thought...

mary f (202)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 1:56 am
its a frightening trend we are losing every right that was hard won thanks Betsy

Frances Darcy (170)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 2:26 am
I agree with the above comments.... esp. Carole and Mary f we are going backwards

Cathe romano (52)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 2:41 am
Noted & shared.

Past Member (0)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 3:52 am

Jaime A (51)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 4:42 am

Carlene V (202)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 5:23 am
Stand with the teachers wholeheartedly but don't agree with setting banks and buses on fire. That is what took down the protests here, the anarchists came in and ruined the movement.

Tom Tree (246)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 6:37 am
Noted & Shared !

. (0)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 6:40 am
Good for them! Thanks for sharing, Betsy.

Angelika R (143)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 6:45 am
Carole took the words right out of my mouth...indeed this type of response to any protest has become the new normal worldwide, an absolutely frightening development. Thx Betsy.

Terrie Williams (798)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 7:42 am
So sad and brutal, I truly feel for them and the above comments are so spot on. Thanks for sharing this.

We are only 'exceptional' in war and brutality now, some legacy to give to the world. sick.

PlsNoMessage se (588)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 9:07 am

Past Member (0)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 9:52 am
Thank you Betsy. Education is the key...

Cathy Aronson (67)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 9:59 am
In the caveman days, disputes were settled with sticks, stones, and fire.....then we supposedly became civilized and discussed our differences and you knew who was talking about what....what the real issues were. Now, it seems the world has gone back to sticks, stones, fire, and you are never sure anymore about what the real issues are ...just smokescreens for others agendas.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 11:03 am
From Democracy Now!:
Report Finds Police Worldwide Criminalize Dissent, Assert New Powers in Crackdown on Protests
In a major new report, the International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations details a global crackdown on peaceful protests through excessive police force and the criminalization of dissent . . .

S S (0)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 11:51 am
Thank you.

Gene J (290)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 12:44 pm
It seems, and I hope, that the people of this world who aren't the one percent, are beginning to see clearly what is being done to them and their families because OF the one percent. These protests are going on over many issues in many countries, the world, it seems, or at least me, is certainly fed up with one per cent of us having everything from food to education to leisure time while the rest of us work for slave wages, have to fight for time off, for health care, food and shelter. This is not an imbalance correctable by nature. It is a deliberate policy by those in power who must now be held accountable for their atrocities around the world. 99% of us stand in judgment.

Dieter R (10)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 12:48 pm
Well the more inequalities, the more you will see this... thanks to the greed of the elite this will be the new normal all over the world.

Yvonne White (229)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 1:19 pm
Militarized Police don't "protect & serve", they assault & arrest..:( More Kent State(s) waiting to happen..and rubber bullets, tasers, etc. can still Kill, but the police are told they're "safer".
Thanks Just Carole for that link too!

Past Member (0)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 1:24 pm
The militarization of the police in nation after nation after nation is the surest sign that, contrary to what we have all been indoctrinated to believe, the fascists won WWII. The fascist corporate state with an economic and political agenda that puts corporate profits ahead of human survival and well-being is the dominant model around the world. And, it will surely drive our species to extinction sooner than most of us can imagine.

Fiona O (591)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 1:24 pm
Thank you, everyone. Gene is right. There is a global 1%. Let's recognize this as a fact.

Carole, thank you very much for that excellent reference.

My daughter is a doctor. She was teaching at the medical school at UC Davis when the "campus police" put down Occupy UC Davis.

The videos on YouTube are brutal enough to make you sick but I have my daughter's eye witness experience as a physician trying to help the students. The pepper spraying was far worse than it looked. Some of the students were forced to the ground, a campus police man knelt on their necks and held their eyelids open and another campus policeman sprayed pepper spray directly into their eyes. The campus police had recently had training to do this in this way from the Department of Homeland Security. The Department of Homeland Security also replaced some of their pepper spray (water based "civilian" pepper spray with a "military" oil based pepper spray). The law suits have not been settled yet but some young people have permanent damage to their vision. Of course, my daughter, who is an emergency physician, could not help with all of her bottles of chilled pure water. Who would have imagined a pain causing weapon such as this used against civilians domestically in the United States?

LKoSl J (130)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 4:33 pm
In Solidarity with the teachers, when education fails the nation will collapse. One of the reasons I retire too early is corrupt system here.

Thanks so much, Betsy

Patricia H. (440)
Friday October 11, 2013, 2:40 am

Past Member (0)
Friday October 11, 2013, 4:31 am

Cathy Aronson (67)
Friday October 11, 2013, 7:36 am
Betsy your story about your daughter and the "Occupy UC Davis" only reinforces my anger at the totally unnecessary use of brute and violence force by some in Law Enforcement. I have seen several stories in the last week that make me wonder if perhaps instead of referring to it as "Law Enforcement", we should call it "How much pain or damage can I inflict within the boundaries of the law just to show you I am SUPERIOR to you!"

Barry AWAY T (926)
Friday October 11, 2013, 8:43 am
noted and shared. It is important to remember what the purpose of the police is - and it not to protect the public.

It is to protect the powerful, the power grid, the property of the already wealthy, their prerogatives in choosing how to run things, etc. So violence is and always will be the order of the day. Much of the violence has been hidden by behind the veil but the veil is lifting and thus the violence will be increasingly less so as (and if) people everywhere continue to rise up and demanding change - real change, not the usual bullshit we are all used to.

Barry AWAY T (926)
Friday October 11, 2013, 8:46 am
besides violence, the other tactic the use very effectively is silence. Get the media to stop reporting news of the risings and it seems as if they have stopped. It was what they did, with considerable succes, to the occupy movement.

Gene J (290)
Friday October 11, 2013, 9:41 am
Just to piggyback on what Betsy said and I sort of did. There is a global one percent. They have far more in common with each other than they do with people beneath their station in their own countries. These are people who have homes on three continents, who think nothing of flying a troupe off to Paris from New York for a birthday party. Who know the economy is now global and whose multinational companies can hide their wealth in myriad ways thanks to the complicity of governments everywhere.

I read an article about this a few months ago, these are truly nomadic people of modern times. They move in and around the markets everywhere, peddle their wares wherever they wish, operate outside of national laws with impunity, spend parts of every year all over the world, never staying any place too long. They are the greatest danger humanity faces because they have no morality whatsoever. They are dedicated to profit and do not care about its cost in human or environmental terms. The thing is they will perish with the rest of us because they can't buy off the environment and the catastrophe that global warming and climate change is going to bring. I read a story yesterday in my local paper from the AP that said "Heat predicted to rise off the charts by 2047", when I'll be 98. :^). The scarier truth was within in the article, within a decade Kingston, Jamaica will be permanently off the charts hot, hotter than it has ever been. And in the decades to come other cities will join that unhappy class, Singapore 2028, Mexico City 2031, Cairo 2036. Phoenix and Honolulu 2043. The WORLD in 2047. There's no coming back from that. Air conditioning is not going to make that a livable world. Entire species will die, a global rise of just 3 degrees Fahrenheit will kill off many species, including those living in already hot rain forests. Pogo was only partly right, "We have me the enemy and he is the one percent" is an updated version of his famous observation. And a true one.

Angelika R (143)
Friday October 11, 2013, 10:33 am
Betsy, slightly off topic but you might also want to sign for this that happened in your previous state of residence and keeps on happening.
Here’s what happened. Tucson police stopped two day laborers, Agustín Ramon Reyes Sepulveda and Arturo Robles Urea, because the light above their van’s license plate was out. The men were not documented, so the local police called Border Patrol to have them deported. That’s when local residents started congregating around the van to protest their detention. Rosa Maria was one of them.

In response to the protest, police started firing pepper spray and rubber bullets into the crowd and arresting anyone they could get their hands on. They grabbed Rosa Maria and another woman named Mari Galup. Mari is a US Citizen, but Border Patrol arrested her anyway.

Ann L (15)
Friday October 11, 2013, 10:41 am
Noted and shared

Sandra ;atterson (59)
Friday October 11, 2013, 1:33 pm
noted,,shared for awareness. ty

Franshisca Dearmas (89)
Friday October 11, 2013, 6:01 pm
TY for posting this, Betsy.

Fiona O (591)
Friday October 11, 2013, 6:05 pm
Thank you everyone. Angelika, I signed your important petition

Hugo L (255)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 2:43 pm
Noted and shared

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 10:10 pm
Thank you for the article, Betsy! I didn't even know about it. It's just a matter of time before we see these kinds of protests in this country as well. People will rise up when they get fed up with being unable to feed their children or their family. The teacher's description about the education system being privatized by stealth parallels the charter schools, and the voucher program. In addition, our infrastructure is crumbling; meanwhile, the Republicans are holding the nation hostage to block healthcare for the people all in an effort to gain larger tax cuts for the top 1%. The Democrats along with the President have caved in again and given the thugs the thugs the budget they want, but that isn't enough because they don't want people to have insurance. It's madness! They are destroying this country, and we are signing petitions. Is that enough? I'm beginning to doubt that the petitions are having an impact on the politicians. Their hubris has blinded them. They live in an ivory tower of wealth and power which has blinded them to the state of the nation.

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 10:11 pm
Thank you again! (n, p, t)

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 10:33 pm
Thanks to Carole for the Democracy Now article as well. The militarization of the police with their armored vehicles and the SWAT teams is truly horrifying. I wonder when they will realize that they are just pawns being used by the most powerful and wealthy in the global take over. During the last administration, I was telling my family that the world was being taken over by a small group of extremely wealthy and powerful individuals, and I was very accurate. The wealth and power of the world has been condensed into the hands of a shrinking number of people as they took over various privately owned markets from family farms, to mattress making companies, to prisons, schools, and even the military. The world is in serious trouble.

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 11:57 pm
I missed you comment about your daughter and what went on at U. C. Davis. I had no idea it was worse than the news footage! Many of the people in the footage were just kids! If my memory serves me correctly, Lord Acton said, "Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely," In this case, the lowly campus police were given "absolute power" and were taken over by a brutish mentality that is inhuman to say the least. As for Homeland Security, I don't even have the words and can not say the words that do come to mind. They are monsters.

Fiona O (591)
Sunday October 13, 2013, 5:43 am
I agree, Bryna, with Lord Acton's statement. I also think that is some parts of the US, not the right personality types are being recruited into the police and sheriff's departments.. Most unfortunate.

Off subject, Homeland Security does some of the things it is assigned to do surprisingly well.

Homeland Security does a terrific job of overseeing the closing down of nuke power plants. At least, they are doing this very well here in Vermont with the closing of the Vermont Yankee Plant in Vernon.

But there are different departments doing many different types of things at Homeland Security.
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