Friday, June 14, 2013

São Paulo, Brazil residents say no to subway fare increases

Try to guess which country this is since it seems the entire planet has had just enough of austerity & tyranny. No, this is not Turkey or Bahrain; it’s São Paulo, Brazil where cops using tear gas & rubber bullets against protestors are here trying to put out fires during a protest against a bus & subway fare hike. Bus fare was recently raised from about US $1.40 to $1.50. Minimum wage is just over $350 a month so you have to choose between riding the bus to work or eating. (The subway fare increase won't be a deterrent to World Cup attendees since most will be transported in limousines.)

Reportedly, protestors waved Turkish flags & chanted “The love is over; Turkey is right here.” Rebellion against injustice is a contagious thing. And those of us in the US hope it will soon catch on here.

(Photo by Gustavo Basso/NurPhoto/Zuma Press)

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