Rio Protest Are No Longer About Lowering Bus Fares
Planned bus fare increases definitely were the last straw for many Brazilians.With prices for basic services and basic needs for average everyday citizens spiraling out of control, it is not surprising whatsoever that what began as a protest against bus fares, is now a protest about everything that is wrong with Brazil.
Brazilian citizens have had enough, they are tired of the broken promises put forth by politicians and political parties, as well as their lives dealing with inflationary increases of 300% over the last 10 years. A silent factor that has been injected in society over the last 10 years has been the expansion of credit. This expansion of credit has acted like it “cloaking” mechanism for individuals not to recognize the cost that they are incurring to purchase basic everyday needs.
If one were to take time to visit the grocery store, one would see that the majority of people today are purchasing the cost for basic goods with credit cards and not with cash. Many Brazilians have multiple credit cards because they cannot afford the price of basic goods and services today without them.
Another aspect of the madness that many Brazilians are feeling about the government and many political parties are that many areas within the public sectors are completely unfounded, or unsupported. People literally, are dying in many public hospitals because the hospitals do not have adequate staff or adequate funding to purchase basic needs and supplies. Investments within the public sectors for sidewalks, mass transportation systems, paved roads and many other necessities just simply are not funded by the government… unless one lives in a high middle-class area!
In closing, the protests that are occurring in Brazil without doubt, are way beyond a simple bus fare protest. People today are protesting well beyond that now. They want funding for public education, funding for public health care, better lives for their families and friends, as well as a debt-free existence for the Brazil that the children are soon to inherit. If attaining these goals means scrapping the entire World Cup or the Olympic Games, and they certainly will be off the table!
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