Backlash against protests

Backlash grows against Brazilian protests after riots

Backlash against protesters

 

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Period: until 23/09
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Date: 21/06
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Over the first weeks of June Brazilians, frustrated by a range of problems from corruption to poor public transport, responded to calls on social media and took part in the country’s biggest demonstrations in 20 years. The peaceful, even celebratory atmosphere that had attracted many university students and even their parents to demonstrations over the past week took a big and possibly lasting hit on Thursday night (20/06). Two people died as a result of the protests, local media reported, including one death caused by a car plowing into a crowd.  More than 60 were injured in Rio de Janeiro alone.

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Schedule worries brought up by IOC co-ordination commission

Rio tells IOC they will be ready by 2016

OBC says will be ready

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The commission led by Nawal El Moutawakel told the IOC Congress on Sunday that Rio had made “reassuring” progress in the last year but there was still a lot of work to do. “There is a need, more than ever before, that all stakeholders need to work together. Key decisions need to be made collectively and communicated with one voice.”

Australian IOC member Kevan Gosper, who also serves as chairman of the IOC press commission, told Nuzman that Rio needed to get their media operations in order. Nuzman responded that the Rio organisers were aware of the growing discontent and he vowed they would do a better job getting their messages across.

Questions over Brazil sporting mega-events

Analysis – Soccer – Brazil riots raise questions over sporting mega-events

Analysis on Brazil sporting mega-events

 

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Analyses the grievances of brazilian protesters, such as the contrast between shiny new stadiums and shambolic state of public services including health, education and transport. They are also angry that Brazil has broken a promise not to spend public money on stadiums, building work fell behind schedule and the state and federal governments had to come to the rescue.

With the global economic downturn of recent years, it made possible to realize that sporting mega-events have spiralled out of control. For instance, Switzerland backed down from bidding for the 2022 Winter Olympics after residents of the proposed host cantons voted against it in a referendum, and UEFA made a radical move after it received only three bids to host the 24-team European championship in 2020, instead deciding to stage the contest in 13 cities around the continent, each hosting three or four games.

FIFA and the World Cup has become embroiled in a geo-political debate.

Analysis on Brazil’s mass protests

Analysis – Brazil’s mass protests peak, ball in politicians’ court

Analysis on Brazil's mass protests

 

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Concludes from analysis that, after the protests that took Brazilian politicians by surprise and showed how out of touch they were with an increasingly middle-class nation that is more informed and unwilling to tolerate a political system long plagued by patronage and corruption, it’s now up to the politicians to deliver improvements to the country’s deficient public services and more transparent and accountable government demanded by frustrated Brazilians, or the crescendo of angry protests could suddenly return. But analysts say deeper reforms will be needed to restore public credibility in a political class viewed as self-serving, overpaid and corrupt.

The The protesters used the Confederations Cup to tell the world that Brazil is not just a land of soccer and that their priorities are improved education, healthcare and public transportation rather than costly mega-events like the World Cup and the Olympic Games set for 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.

Brazil’s new middle class is seething

Special Report: Why Brazil’s new middle class is seething

Brazil's middle class seething

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Special report about Brazil’s new middle class and its protests, including against the amount of money spent on the next sports mega-events.

Costly World Cup and protests

Brazilian Congress to investigate ballooning World Cup costs

Brazilian Congress to investigate ballooning World Cup costs

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Refers to brazilians protests against the excess money spent on World Cup and other mega events  when its needed for public services.

Jacques Rogge and the communication of benefits from rio 2016

IOC must explain Games benefits to Brazilians, says Rogge

IOC must explain Games benefits to Brazilians, says Rogge

 

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Jacques Rogge talks about protests, COI’s communication responsibilities  and the games benefits.

“”Among the protesters’ many grievances was the amount of public money being spent on new stadiums when local public services such as health and transport are in a dismal state. “We have to explain very clearly to the public that the investments made in the Olympic Games are for a sustainable legacy for generations to come,” Rogge told reporters in a conference call.””