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Sao Paulo Public Transit Goes On Indefinite Strike Days Before Brazil 2014 World Cup Starts

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Police in Brazil have used tear gas to break up protesters on the second day of a metro strike that has left Sao Paulo's transport in chaos. Half of the stations were closed and gridlock on the streets of Brazil's largest city. Watch BBC video.

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Fiona O (565)
Saturday June 7, 2014, 6:17 am
A third of Sao Paulo's metro stations were closed on Friday morning, and there were more than 200km (125 miles) of traffic jams across the city in the morning rush hour.

Police fired tear gas and used batons and shields at a demonstration outside Ana Rosa station in central Sao Paulo. (See BBC video)

The Brazilian government is under a huge amount of pressure as the only viable way for fans to reach the Itaquerao stadium for the World Cup is on public transport, says the BBC's Katy Watson in Sao Paulo.

President Dilma Rousseff has defended the country's preparations for the World Cup.

"Everywhere in the world, these big engineering projects always go down to the wire," she told reporters on Friday.

The demonstrations would not be allowed to disrupt the tournament, she added.

Now that there is a labor strike against the Sao Paulo public transit system, does Dilma Rousseff's statement mean that organized labor in the country will also be crushed on the march to the 2014 Brazil World Cup?

Brazil has seen a year of street protests against bad governance and perceived excessive spending in preparations for the World Cup.

Karen Gee (97)
Saturday June 7, 2014, 7:07 am
Thank you for sharing Betsy

Heidi W (162)
Saturday June 7, 2014, 7:16 am
Thank you Betsy.

Robert B (60)
Saturday June 7, 2014, 7:34 am
The whole point of having a Government is to have a system in place that can THINK it's way out of a paper bag, not to make things worse. Government is required to SERVE the public interest. That interest would be fairness, justice, a level playing field, decent wages, good health care, and a safe and healthy environment. To spend billions on sports and millions on tear gas and police brutality is as stupid as shooting yourself in the foot and then wondering why you can't walk.

Angelika R (143)
Saturday June 7, 2014, 7:40 am
Obviously things are getting worse, this sounds like major trouble ahead and very likely more violent crack downs
Thx Betsy.

Connie O (44)
Saturday June 7, 2014, 7:42 am
Thank you Betsy.

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 7, 2014, 9:16 am
Thank You so so Much for this, Dearest Betsy....DEAR.

PlsNoMessage se (588)
Saturday June 7, 2014, 9:16 am

Lady Suki (446)
Saturday June 7, 2014, 9:22 am
Thanks for the forward Betsy.

Thanks for keeping us up to date on this issue.

You have been very vigilant on it.

Sandi C (98)
Saturday June 7, 2014, 10:00 am

Anette S (22)
Saturday June 7, 2014, 10:09 am

Birgit W (160)
Saturday June 7, 2014, 10:32 am
Great, I love it. It is about time that people won't take all the abuse anymore, and at the end they are even made to pay for all the expenses.
Robert B. says it all. Thank you.

Margaret Goodman (243)
Saturday June 7, 2014, 11:09 am
Thank you, Betsy and Robert B. I had thought that Rouseff might be a better president than this...

Sheryl G (363)
Saturday June 7, 2014, 11:51 am
This has been a disaster in the making from throwing people out of their homes without giving them fair market value for their homes or finding an alternative housing for them. Low wages while others are making big money this all is flying in the face of too many people barely surviving on their pay, if they are even lucky to have work. We are seeing the world over all collapse under a system that is out of balance from the many injustices in many places.

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 7, 2014, 1:13 pm
Thanks you. Noted. It is very saddening to see what is going on there in the name of the almighty $$$.

Cathy Aronson (67)
Saturday June 7, 2014, 2:55 pm
Noted and shared. Don't you just love it when governments put sports before it's citizens? "let's have the world see what a wonderful place we are...just don't step on the broken backs of the poor people who made this all possible".

Athena F (131)
Saturday June 7, 2014, 5:07 pm
thank you

Alvin King (2)
Saturday June 7, 2014, 5:15 pm

Ralph F (66)
Saturday June 7, 2014, 5:47 pm
The people who profit from these international sports events should be the ones who foot the bill.
Thank you for the info.

David C (131)
Saturday June 7, 2014, 6:52 pm

Debbie Hogan (115)
Saturday June 7, 2014, 7:09 pm
Yet another government with f*cked up priorities. What a mess....

Animae C (516)
Saturday June 7, 2014, 8:30 pm

Thank You Birgitta for forwarding & Betsy for posting


Kay M (46)
Saturday June 7, 2014, 9:19 pm
Good Evening Dear Betsy- Thank you for bringing this to my attention- Once again the poor pay with their homes-jobs- and some time their lives for the glory of what SOME GUYS EGO GOD save us from there idiots, When is enough going to enough for these countries and their crooked governments and corporate sponsors---Sincerely Kay M.

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 7, 2014, 10:03 pm
Coup d’etat: Want to know who Dilma Rousseff and her party REALLY are? PLEASE READ THIS:

While everybody is tuned on the World Cup, Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff tries to pass a decree that threatens our democracy and is unconstitutional... She’s trying to make our Congress tied up to her political party’s interests (just like Venezuela and other countries with a totalitarian regimen do). Journalists and opposed parties and trying to stop this crime against our constitution…

ALL NEWS BELOW ARE IN PORTUGUESE – because I couldn’t find a single international newspaper who is divulging this. So if you find any international news on this, please post here and let me know.

Revista Veja, Estadao and Diario do Comercio (below) are among the most respected and trusted media in our country:
Revista Veja/ Blogs and columnist

Reinaldo Azevedo
Politics analysis in one of Brazil's most visited blogs

at 16:45
Rousseff decided to extinguish democracy by decree. It’s a coup!
Attention, readers!
Your rights at this very moment, are being stolen, undermined, diminished. Unless you are a member of MTST, MST, one of those acronyms that have opted for cruelty as a form of political expression.
Softly, PT (Labor Party) and President Dilma Rousseff decided to install the dictatorship in the country by decree. Read the contents of the Decree 8,243 of 23 May this year, which creates such a "National Policy for Social Participation" and a certain "National System of Social Participation." Estadão writes on Thursday an excellent editorial about it. This is an outrageously unconstitutional text that affront the foundation of equality before the law, which undermines the principle of democratic representation and creates a class of aristocrats empowered citizens above others: that of the members of "social movements".
What does the decree of the dignified president? First, define what is "civil society" in several paragraphs of Article 2. Soon the item I is a grace, namely: "I - civil society - citizens, collective, institutionalized or not institutionalized social movements, their networks and their organizations."
Ready! It anything there. After all, convenham: everything that is not institutional in nature, not institutional. Then text of the Sovereign states that "all agencies of direct or indirect public administration" will count on their boards, with representatives such as civil society - which, as we have seen, is all that the government turn to decide which is civil society ...
All the organs of public administration, including regulatory agencies, for example, would be subjected to such social movements - which, moreover, we know, are controlled by PT. To establish by law to participate in the public administration, the PT want to perpetuate in power, win or lose elections.
That's what the president is calling "holding system" is actually a system of guardianship. Part of the anti-democratic principle that those who participate in the said social movements are more citizens than those not participating. Are created with this text, two categories of Brazilians: those who have the right to participate in public life and those who have not. Someone will say, "Why, just integrating a social movement." But this implies necessarily have to be bound to a political party.
The Brazilian Constitution guarantees the right to free expression and establishes the form of representative democracy through free elections, picking Parliament.What Dilma is doing, by decree, is to create another category of representation, which does not pass through the elective process. This is an initiative that seeks to erode within the democratic system.
The PT is trying to consolidate a commissioner to Soviet fashion. This is an institutional coup. It will be a scandal if the Bar Association of Brazil not to appeal to the Supreme against this excrescence. With this decree, the PT want to finally become obsolete elections. The text follows the best standard of Venezuelan dictatorship and protoditaduras Bolivia, Ecuador and Nicaragua. After all, Latin America, nowadays, the blows are given by the left, by the seemingly legal means.
Not satisfied with democracy, the PT now wants extinguish it by decree.,mudanca-de-regime-por-decreto-imp-,1173217,535784/oposicao-derruba-decreto-que-cria-a-politica-nacional-de-participacao-social.shtml,decreto-que-institui-conselhos-populares-abre-debate-sobre-risco-de-poder-paralelo,1507536

Political parties and journalists try to stop this:

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 7, 2014, 10:03 pm


Translated form: name, last name, email, please leave Brasil as a default selected country and click on the red “assine” button to sign. That’s it. Thank you so much!!!

Honorable senators, we are against the change of the Brazilian political system by decree!
Mr. Senator,
Federal Decree No. 8,243, of May 23, 2014, which among other things establishing the National Policy for Social Participation - PNPS and the National System of Social Participation - SNPS , is a serious attack against Brazilian democracy. Through this decree the Brazilian political system was changed without even the need for a constituent. The decree is unconstitutional and if it is applied according to the criteria of its content will give the Labor Party a greater concentration of power and create a privileged class of citizens: those who participate in the so-called "social movements" (which are all affiliated to the Labor Party).
Senator, vote for approval of the legislative draft decree by Senator Alvaro Dias which suspends the effects of this nefarious decree signed by President Dilma.


Past Member (0)
Saturday June 7, 2014, 10:04 pm
Noted and shared, thank you for posting Betsy.

Fiona O (565)
Saturday June 7, 2014, 11:04 pm
Thank everyone for their comments. All comments are well thought out and reflect a deep concern for the people of Brazil. Thank you also to the people who noted this news article and helped promote it to the Care 2 front page.

Jeannie, I will be trying to find translations for your news sources. From your description, it is clear that a coup was tried against the Brazilian constitution. How truly horrible. I hope that your Bar Association can do something. It is clear a free people cannot live with one class able to participate in the political life of their country and one class being denied that participation.

Fiona O (565)
Saturday June 7, 2014, 11:14 pm
I have signed the petition, Jeannie. I urge everyone who reads this thread to do so.

Thank you, Jeanie.

Steven G (25)
Saturday June 7, 2014, 11:50 pm
A mixture of high taxes and steep import tariffs, combined with bad infrastructure, a dose of inefficiency and a thick shot of bureaucracy mean prices at the World Cup in Brazil are OUTRAGEOUS.

Try $10 for a cocktail, $17 for a cheeseburger and $35 for a pizza. And these were the prices well before the World Cup. Plus, anything you buy in Brazil is going to be far more expensive than you'd pay in the USA or the UK yet the quality is always going to be worse.

Hotel rates average $445 per night. With other costs like food and travel expenses the average World Cup visitor should expect to spend $682 per day during their Brazilian vacation.

The only items you'll be able to buy at reasonable prices are a bikini, Brazilian sugar cane liquor and sandals.

The unblocked iPhone costs $649 here in the USA but it costs $1250 in Brazil. A pair of Nike Flyknit Lunar 2 running shoes costs $99 here and $313 dollars in Brazil. Levi jeans start at $80, a Big Mac runs $6.28 and shaving cream, soap, tissues and aspirin are triple the prices you'd pay elsewhere.

A Brazilian soccer team jersey runs $100. Have fun at the World Cup!

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 8, 2014, 3:26 am
Noted, thanks.

. (0)
Sunday June 8, 2014, 3:54 am
Agree with Robert and Dandelion. What were FIFA thinking? They've screwed up big time over Qatar too and revealed themselves as greedy, corrupt, morally bankrupt hustlers. Only the backhanders can explain it. How can they possibly justify awarding these events to countries who resort to throwing people out of their homes or treat migrant workers so horrifically that they die on the job? Countries which do not have the infrastructure necessary. Even in simple sporting terms it does not make sense to play in conditions of extreme heat and humidity (Manaus, for example - Qatar is obviously not a good choice in this respect and even FIFA had suggested playing in winter) I really hope there is no disaster such as a stadium collapse -are they even going to be "ready" in time? It is hard to imagine this tournament going well. And Brazil hosts the Olympics in 2 years too. The mayor of Rio has said that the bay to be used for sailing will "not be clean for 2016"

I love the 'beautiful game' - but not when there are overwhelming issues with human rights, blatant evidence of corruption and wrongdoing, environmental and safety concerns. The human cost is just too great.

Michael O (176)
Sunday June 8, 2014, 5:12 am
Noted. Thanks Betsy!

Hahn H (167)
Sunday June 8, 2014, 5:17 am

B Lewenza (76)
Sunday June 8, 2014, 6:41 am
Noted Thanks this country is in no way ready to host the World Cup there is far too much turmoil in this country. The government is abusing human rights, the poor peoples water is shut off at night sometimes for days. There is so much wrong doing in this country at this time they should not be a host of the World Cup.

Frances Darcy (133)
Sunday June 8, 2014, 6:55 am
Petition signed, Thanks Btesy.....Also read and signed Jeanie's petition and shared her message and petition with all friends.Sad times and very difficult period for Brazil......

Frances Darcy (133)
Sunday June 8, 2014, 7:04 am
PLEASE also consider the petition from ..... Past Member (Jeanie S)... above....

mary f (202)
Sunday June 8, 2014, 8:05 am
noted signed thanks for the updates Betsy

Katherine May Williams (0)
Sunday June 8, 2014, 8:09 am

Mandi T (375)
Sunday June 8, 2014, 10:57 am
TY Betsy

Barry AWAY T (933)
Sunday June 8, 2014, 3:10 pm
noted, thanks so much!

Colin Hope (243)
Sunday June 8, 2014, 10:56 pm
What a bloody mess this is going to be!!

Arild Gone for now (174)
Monday June 9, 2014, 4:25 am
Trying to hide the misery from from the spectators will never work,the Brazilian State should have spent an equal amount on new housing and social welfare for it's poorest as they have spent on building new stadios and infrastructure.Since Brazil has a growing economy they need to spread the wealth more fairly.
Thanks Betsy.

Pat B (356)
Monday June 9, 2014, 7:53 am
Thank you, Betsey for this. Signed petition, thank you, Jeanie for link.

Abo r (107)
Tuesday June 17, 2014, 1:11 am
Thank you Betsy.
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