Is Brazil ready for the World Cup?
Mounting Chaos in Rio Sparks Worries Over World Cup
As Rio gears up for next year’s FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games, the summer uprising shows no signs of slowing the city, as reflected by vandalized storefronts and burned vehicles. Money quote:
“The hope brought by the World Cup and the Olympics has run out,” said Doriam Borges, a researcher at the University of the State of Rio’s Laboratory of Violence Analysis. Citizens realized that “for projects related to the World Cup and the Olympics, investment was huge, but not for health and education.”
And let’s keep in mind that both projects were sold as not needing government financing.
Then there’s the anarchists by any other name,
And protest marches are now attracting smaller groups of anarchists and so-called black bloc anticapitalist demonstrators clad in black hoodies and masks.
Rio’s black bloc organizers couldn’t be reached to comment. On their Facebook page, which has nearly 63,000 followers, the group quotes Italian anarchist Pietro Gori and say they see property destruction as part of their fight against capitalism.
And let’s not forget the PCC, too.
So, to answer the question above, no, not ready yet.