will no longer tolerate
Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes speaks to the BBC after a news conference on Wednesday.
THE PROTESTS THAT ERUPTED in Brazil this week are drawing international attention.
The New York Times has it today in “Brazil’s Leftist Ruling Party, Born of Protests, Is Perplexed by Revolt”
But so far the only major media outlet to “connect the dots” is the BBC… and an obscure blog Roar Magazine.
BBC correspondent Alastair Leithead reporting on the night of protests in Brazil on Wednesday said this:
“This whole mass protest movement started over plans to put up bus fares by just a few pennies … but it’s spiraled into so much more.”
Then he made the connection.
Alastair Leithead reports from Brazil for the BBC.
“LIKE OCCUPY AND OTHER RECENT PROTESTS … different people have different reasons to take to the streets. And no one group is in charge…” See his report here.
To expand: Democracies all over the world are seeing their people rise up against government action or inaction that is not in their best interests.
And they are being successful.
Leithead included this statement in his report: “The mayor of Rio de Janeiro gave a news conference where he announced the climb-down over bus fares….”
Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes appears in the report, defending the protesters: “Protesters in Brazil have the right to protest and to say whatever they want … and this is what we are going to protect,” Paes says.
What’s happening in Brazil comes at a particularly bad moment for the country as it burnishes its image ahead of next year’s World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games.
But it’s not a new phenomenon.
Remember the summer and fall of 2011, when the Occupy movement took over Wall Street, Los Angeles City Hall … and many other places?
Whatever happened to that? Alas, it failed.
The power of the financial lobby is just too strong to overcome. Dodd-Frank has been eviscerated through the regulatory approval process, which has been overwhelmed by industry lobbyists.
What a pity. I attended the Occupy Los Angeles protest the minute I found out about it – and it was a wonderful feeling of empowerment. Power to the people, indeed!
BUT JEROME ROOS BEAT ALL OF US. On June 15 he reported in Roar Magazine (“reflections on a revolution”) about the connections in “What do Bosnia, Bulgaria and Brazil have in common?”
“What do a park in Istanbul, a baby in Sarajevo, a security chief in Sofia, a TV station in Athens and bus tickets in Sao Paulo have in common?,” he asked.
“However random the sequence may seem at first, a common theme runs through and connects all of them.
The website Roar Magazine, where an insightful analysis of worldwide mass protests appeared on June 15.
“Each reveals, in its own particular way, the deepening crisis of representative democracy at the heart of the modern nation state. And each has, as a result, given rise to popular protests that have in turn sparked nationwide demonstrations, occupations and confrontations between the people and the state.”
This thoughtful and insightful blogger continues:
“In a word, what we are witnessing is what Leonidas Oikonomakis and I have called the resonance of resistance: social struggles in one place in the world transcending their local boundaries and inspiring protesters elsewhere to take matters into their own hands and defy their governments in order to bring about genuine freedom, social justice and real democracy.”
Indeed, it is people power made possible, often, by the revolution in social media.
Facebook, Twitter, Flickr … and many others have played a role… indeed, in some cases – like Egypt – even made success possible.
Politicians everywhere: be warned!
Voters in democracies will no longer tolerate your indifference or ineptitude.
If a bus fare hike of a few pennies can bring hundreds of thousands out into the streets, as has happened in Brazil, the world has indeed become a different place.
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