There has been some debate as to whether or not the passion for change displayed during recent uproars in Brazil will have some longevity, or eventually be forgotten and evaporate away, possibly because leaders make under-the-table deals with politicians. Last night’s showing of activist supporters should be some indication of how the people are finally making attempts at grasping power. But, if the issue were simply a fare increase, or the protesters were only speaking out against corruption in general, I might also question the sustainability of the movement.
But something an outsider to Brazil needs to understand is how much Brazilians love soccer.
You would be hard pressed to find a single individual in Brazil that doesn’t passionately support a futebol team. At the funeral I attended in Rio earlier this year, there wasn’t a single casket being walked to the grave that wasn’t covered with a team flag. The country nearly shut down as the Brazil progressed through the last World Cup – no kidding.
So to have 200,000 Brazilians go to the streets to protest the money being spent on the World Cup says something serious.
What an honor it was to be chosen to host futebol’s most important game in their country! Some saw this as the pinnacle of Brazil’s existence! What might be millions of young boys (and some young girls – though not enough) across the country hold the single dream of someday being a soccer player. Yet now, they are speaking out against the most important soccer event in the world. The extreme mismanagement of common funds in this country has caused the people to protest the sport they adore.
That is how I know that this is a serious turn in Brazilian history.