Sometimes it is difficult to understand what might motivate millions of people, Brazilians no less, who are thought to be a rather peaceful lot, to get angry enough to take to the streets. It’s easier to get caught up in the drama of damages made by the outliers in the crowd who take advantage of the situation – especially if that is mostly what the media is reporting on.
Last night, a story broke about one of the world cup stadiums. Reuters reporter Brian Winter went to Cuiaba to investigate what he suspected was a structure that had far more damage due to a fire than officials were reporting. What he found was a bone chilling disaster due to corruption and cover ups.
Millions and millions of dollars have been diverted from public service to building stadiums… but mostly lining the pockets of politicians. Promises to improve infrastructure have not just fallen short, in most cases, it never even got started.
Maybe you don’t care about the underprivileged Brazilians who can’t get health care or education (maybe you do). Perhaps you might mind if a sport fan you know or athlete you admire is crushed by the metal and concrete of a collapsing stadium.
Now we know that Cuiabá is f’d up. Is this just the beginning?
Read the Reuters article here, but don’t assume it is the full story: Brazil World Cup stadium was structurally damaged by fire.