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World Cup Turmoil

The Sad Fun of the FIFA Fan Fest

Natalia Viana | Posted 07.01.2014 | World
Natalia Viana

Forty years on, the valley is not for everyone anymore. As with everything else in the mega event, the FIFA Fan Fest thrives in the concept of a VIP space, where people are left out if they're not inside avidly consuming. That's the concept of a city that FIFA is promoting. It's like it's crying out loudly over and over again: "No, this is not a public space -- and the World Cup is definitely not a public event."

Police Repression Seems to Be the Lasting Legacy of the 2014 World Cup

Natalia Viana | Posted 07.30.2014 | World
Natalia Viana

In Brazil, the military police, responsible for public security, is under the authority of each state government. A recent article by web portal G1 showed that between June last year and May 2014, the military police of various states in Brazil purchased over 270,000 tear gas bombs and 260,000 rubber bullets cartridges. The states that purchased more non-lethal arms were Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro, Distrito Federal and São Paulo e Bahia. This shows just how the governments are seeing their role in keeping the event peaceful for those few lucky and wealthy enough to be inside the stadia -- by having their police forces violently clash down on protestors. What is yet to be seen is if the Brazilian population will be okay with that.