Dissent in Brazil

This item appears on page 18 of the August 2013 issue.

More than a million people in 100 cities and towns throughout Brazil demonstrated in June. Issues of protest included a hike in public transportation fees, high taxes, inflation, health care, security and overspending on building projects for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. 

While most of the protesters were peaceful, there were some violent confrontations with police and several acts of vandalism.