Richmond World Affairs Council


On July 1, 2013, the Brazilian National Soccer team ousted the Spanish National team in the finals of the FIFA Confederations Cup in front of their home fans in Rio de Janeiro. The night that followed was a night of nationalistic pride to say the least, but not in the way that President Dilma Rousseff might have hoped. 
Amidst the preparations to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the people have decided to speak out. Bus fares have increased throughout the nation, taxes have been slightly increased, and living spaces of the poor have been cleared in order to make room and maintain funds for State of the Art soccer facilities. 
Nicknamed the Salad Uprising because of the people’s usage of Vinegar to defend from tear gasses, upwards of 70 cities within Brazil [as well as a multitude of FIFA affiliated countries] have noted their resentment towards the actions of the Brazilian government and FIFA’s lucrative infrastructure projects.
This is one of the first world wide protests where the people have intelligently placed their voices in an international spotlight. They have used the media coverage that Brazil is receiving from the world because of their soccer success, and turned what would be an insignificant uprising into a 200,000 person demonstration that has since captured our world’s attention.
~   Nishil Thakkar