Brazil

Favela teens unwelcome in Brazil’s shopping centres

 
Tension is growing in Brazil over “rolezinhos” (“little strolls”), which are flash-mob style gatherings of teenagers from poor urban areas (favelas) in the country’s luxury shopping centres. Sometimes hundreds of teens meet in these malls, which are largely used by Brazil’s wealthy minority, to party, dance, and sing funk songs. Recently, the police sparked outrage after using tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the teenagers. Read more…
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Caught on camera: Sao Paulo police shoots motorbike thief

This striking video illustrates the rampant crime problem in Brazil, as well as its police force’s take-no-prisoners response to it. The scene takes place in eastern Sao Paulo. A motorcycle rider with a camera attached to his helmet captures the moment he is stopped by a young man on a motorbike, who points a gun at his face. Watch the video...

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Brazilians say they’re sick and tired of soaring prices, corruption

 
Since last week, Brazil has had some of its biggest protests in the past two decades. A hike in bus fares sparked the protest movement, but our Observers tell us it was merely the straw that broke the camel’s back, and that Brazilians’ anger runs far deeper. Read more...

Indigenous camps sacrificed in Rio to make way for World Cup

 
A group of indigenous Brazilians had been camping out in an old run-down building in Rio for nearly seven years, when heavily-armed military police kicked about 30 of them and their supporters out on March 22. The authorities plan to turn this building – formerly Rio’s Indian Museum, now dubbed Maracana village – into a large sports-themed mall ahead of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games. Read more...
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Benjamin, a French expat in Sao Paolo: “I reject wastefulness and over-consumption"

 
Benjamin Potet has been living in Sao Paolo, Brazil since December 2011. Ten months ago, he decided to leave everything behind in France and live the adventurous life of an expat. At 28 years of age, he earns around 3,500 reals (around 1,400 euros) by working in communications and giving language courses. He says he steers clear of the consumerist culture that is highly-regarded in Sao Paolo. Read more...
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