brazilian violence

What’s going on in Brazil? #07

As of 03.11.2016

Elections

We’ve had elections for mayors and you could say we screwed up pretty bad. Three of our main capitals, São Paulo, Rio and Florianópolis, ended up with, respectively, literally-miniature-Trump (I mean it, the guy was even the host of The Apprentice here), religious-ultraconservative-leader (who did imply once gays come from failed abortions and that women’s role is to be submissive), aaand man who said, and I quote, “I have vomited after smelling The Poor”. And tbh I can’t remember any of the other capitals having got much better people either, but what’s really striking is that there were better options in most of them. Also, a HUGE number of people didn’t vote, even though it’s mandatory, which might have had influence on those results (when I say huge number I mean some of the winning candidates were outnumbered by the blank, annulled and absent votes. Yeah.)

Schools & Government violence

Over a thousand schools and universities were occupied by students these past weeks, in protest against the new government’s projects (austerity measures that seek to freeze spending in health and education and wages for up to 20 years and changing schools curriculum - I might explain this in more detail later if anybody’s interested). They have no support from the media, that is portraying them as invaders and vandals, and therefore low support from the population. Here’s where it gets dirty: after students decided not to follow a court order of repossession in a school last week, a judge ordered police to stop food, water, power and any other family or friends of these students from reaching the school and to use sleep deprivation techniques - yes, that is, by law, a torture method and was commonly used during the dictatorship. I also need to remind everybody: these are students. Most of which aren’t even off-age yet. The most famous of them all is sixteen. The situation is beyond fucked up and that hardly even shows in the paper. Some students in another school were handcuffed and taken to a station the other day, also minors. In other potentially scary related news, a few actors were arrested in São Paulo last week in the middle of a performance that was considered “disrespectful to the State and the Police”. Actors were later released and government is saying they’ll investigate the officers responsible, but, really, the fact that people were pretty violently handcuffed and arrested for making a mock-play of the government scares me to death. 

There’s plenty more happening here, especially regarding laws and politicians, but I feel like these are the most important points now and the easiest to explain. I might write later again about the government projects, but you can hit me up with questions about in the meantime too. Please keep Brazil in your thoughts, again. We’re not having an easy year.

Y'all funny as fuck. No one ever gave two shits about Brazil, ever - we’ve been facing systematic racism even though Brazil has the second largest population of black people in the world, we’ve been dealing with LGBTQ phobia, specially transphobia, even though porn involving trans people is the most researched category on porn sites in the country, we’ve been dealing with internalized sexism even though the majority of brazilians are women. Violence, poverty and crime fill our streets, and we protest about it only to replace corrupt governors with even more corrupt governors. We were forced to host an Olympic event even though there is no money to sustain one of our most prestiged public colleges (UERJ), even though there are thousands of children living in the streets and succumbing to crime, even though millions of people are unemployed. And still, we did our best to give a cool opening, with only a tenth of the money used on the London Olympics Opening. And all I see is people complaining about how Brazil is incapable of being organized, how it’s a mess, how it’s violent and unsafe and chaotic. We’ve been like this for a long time. We’ve been in the hands of violence and poverty and chaos for a long time. But none of you ever cared. You only care now because it’s your people’s lives in risk, too, other than just ours. And despite all adversities, we still managed to make a very nice and enjoyable and specially diverse Olympics opening, so yeah. Despite everything, I’m really proud of my country right now. We succeeded when everyone thought we would fail.

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Pictures by Eduardo Figueiredo / Mídia NINJA 

We need to talk about Brazil. 

Yesterday, about a hundred thousand people hit the streets of São Paulo alone (more protests happened in Rio, Curitiba, Salvador and other cities). During the evening, everything went fine. The majority of the protesters were young, but there were parents with their children and elderly people too. The call is to take down new president Michel Temer, who took office this week after president Dilma Rousseff was impeached under some more than fragile circumstances (I’ve explained that here) and have new elections. The protest was peaceful. At night, when people started to head to the subway to go home, one station was closed and out of nowhere police started throwing gas bombs at the protesters. Police alleged it was called to solve a situation of vandalism on the subway, but subway security denied ever having called them or anything having happened. There were bombs thrown at people inside restaurants, there were people who weren’t even at the protest arrested and charged, and there were people hurt. Some say evidence has been planted at the protests after people had left to make it seem more violent and destructive and therefore discourage people from coming. NOTHING at that protest could have justified violence, and yet that’s what happened. Brazil’s not ok. This is not ok. We’re afraid and the future of our so called democracy seems uncertain. Please keep an eye on us. 

On November 25th(tuesday), International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, protestants went to the Assembléia Legislativa, downtown, to remind us of something that is in our everyday culture. Every 4 minutes a woman is raped in Brazil. Abuse is masked from street harassment being called praising, to mainstream victim blaiming speeches.
This daily fight still has a long way to go, and it should be everyone’s fight.

nytimes.com
Life as a Brazilian Woman

Each year, Brazil sells a hyper-sexualized Carnival to tourists, treating women’s bodies as a national attraction.

Write-up was straight to the point, good insight. I always want to know the perspective of afrodescendants on these various topics because it’s always 58303 times worse, especially if we’re talking about Afrodescendant women. 

I wasn’t gonna say anything but it’ll bug me if I don’t…

Do you know what bothers me the most about this Loch(te)mess? The idea that he could come here, make shit up based on stereotypes to cover his own ass and still think no one would give a second thought because ~~honestly~~ who would have doubted someone was held at gunpoint and robbed in Rio? Brazil is a hellhole anyway… Pandemonium, right?

Such entitlement.

It’s imperialist behavior at it’s best: go to a foreign country, fuck shit up, make it seem like the uncivilized savages are to blame and then fucking leave.