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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Meanwhile in Rio

Posted by on Wed, Jun 18, 2014 at 4:43 PM

FIFA GO HOME Brazilians are pissed.
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  • FIFA GO HOME Brazilians are pissed!

While I was live-blogging Brazil's thrilling tie with Mexico yesterday, this was happening in Rio:

If you look behind me, you see Maracanã Stadium. That is arguably the most famous soccer stadium on the planet. And last night it was hosting its first World Cup game in 64 years. And in protest of everything that FIFA and the World Cup are bringing to Brazil, a demonstration of about 500 people marched down the street to my left on Maracanã Avenue. The goal was to get as close to the exclusion zone around the stadium, a several-block radius that prevents people without tickets from even walking the streets of Brazil.

Now, I ran ahead with my cameraman, Zach Zill, about two blocks ahead to be able to capture what would happen when the protesters met with police. And about a block and a half in front of the protesters, I saw a series of riot police come out of these wagons, and they were dressed in full regalia—gas mask, shields, all the rest of it. And they started beating their shields in rhythmic fashion. About 200 tourists were sitting at an outdoor cafe, and they started to chant for the police, a soccer chant. They started to say, "Oé, oé, oé, policía." And then the police fired tear gas about a block and a half towards the protesters, yet they got their trajectory wrong, and the tear gas landed just about a hundred yards in front of them, and then a headwind blew the tear gas onto the tourists, sending 200 tourists scattering, who were cheering for the police just moments ago, scattering in utter panic. The tear gas blew on me, as well.

And at that point, the police got their trajectory correctly. They fired, by my count, two more canisters of tear gas, concussion grenades, as well, which then served to disperse the 500-person protest and later was the incident that the AP reported of an officer actually firing live ammunition. That I did not see, but frankly, I wasn’t seeing a great deal at that point anyway.

Read/watch the rest here. Sixty-one percent of Brazilians believe the World Cup is "bad for Brazil," according to a Pew survey this month.


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biffp 1
FIFA gets all the stadium revenues, paid none of the expenses (they shipped a stadium up the Amazon), pays no tax (federal, state or local) and had them lift the ban on alcohol sales because Budweiser is a sponsor. It's a cover for corruption and gutting programs for the poor.

The futbol has been exciting though.
Posted by biffp on June 18, 2014 at 4:52 PM · Report this
Fnarf 2
It's worse than that -- the Maracana, for one example, isn't just a stadium but a huge complex of sports facilities that used to be available to ordinary people but has been taken from them -- no more swimming pool, no more tennis courts, etc. That's not just FIFA, though, it's every level of Brazilian futebol. And at least the Maracana is a major stadium with a full calendar -- the giant stadium in Brasilia is 70,000 for a local team that is lucky to draw 5k (partly because of the ridiculously high level of fan violence that Brazilian oligarchs tolerate (shootings in stadiums are common); other stadiums have been built in places that don't even HAVE teams. And the oligarchs, who own the top players, which is illegal now according to FIFA's rules, get around that rule by creating "ghost teams" that have rosters but no fans. The president of their national association was videotaped pocketing one of the winner's medals in a youth tournament, and the president before him is the son-in-law of Joao Hangeland, the FIFA president before Blatter. The whole sport is just a cluster of corrupt fuckery.

It's not just the World Cup, either -- the fuckery began with the Confederations Cup last year, and continues with the 2016 Olympics, which will be in Rio, where the sailing events will be held amid floating raw sewage and dead bodies.

But people still love the game. FIFA doesn't own the game. CBF doesn't own the game. The people own the game. And Brazil is celebrating their team, whatever a measly 500 protesters say.

Posted by Fnarf on June 18, 2014 at 5:12 PM · Report this
The population of Rio de Janeiro is around 6,320,000 people.

Again. 6.32 MILLION people. 500 people marched. Five hundred out of over six million people.

So less than .0079(...etc)% of the population marched in Rio.

It's totally meaningless.
Posted by tkc on June 18, 2014 at 5:59 PM · Report this
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of course the world cup is bad for brazil. amazon, microsoft and starucks is the worldcup for seattle.
Posted by carsten coolage on June 18, 2014 at 6:39 PM · Report this
love me some worldcup tho
Posted by carsten coolage on June 18, 2014 at 6:40 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 7
Love the World Cup but it's a nightmare - needs to be finished in one country and start in a Region - for example World Cup 2022 in Seattle could have games in Vancouver BC, Spokane, Salt Lake City pretty much anywhere in the West with a soccer stadium and some Group games in Japan and Mexico
Posted by Will in Seattle on June 18, 2014 at 7:34 PM · Report this

Dumbest idea ever.
Posted by get a clue on June 18, 2014 at 9:31 PM · Report this
tainte 9
"thrilling tie"?
Posted by tainte on June 19, 2014 at 5:22 AM · Report this
California Kid 10
@7 yeah that's not a good idea. The travel would be a killer to the players the fans
Posted by California Kid on June 19, 2014 at 7:37 AM · Report this

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