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  • We're coming up of a year the biggest protest result ever seen, some of the

  • most aggressive

  • We've got corruption,

  • financial waste, all of the soccer hooligans are coming to descend on Brazil as well

  • You got a pissed off population. It seems like a very, very large powder keg

  • yeah

  • In 2007, FIFA chose Brazil to host the World Cup

  • It seems like a brilliant idea

  • hosting the World Cup in the most football-fanatic country on the planet

  • little did they expect that would become the focus of some of the largest protest

  • Brazil has seen in decades.

  • This mass civil uprising began in June of 2013

  • and it surprised even the most jaded Brazilians, hundreds of thousands of people

  • paralyzed the cities across the country over a 20 cent increase in bus fares

  • The police response was brutal in the beginning

  • Elite military police units trained to pacify real slums

  • were brought to quell demonstrations, but the police violence drove more people

  • into the streets

  • The police are the most corrupt in the world

  • They aren't trained to think, the order is to attack.

  • For the first time anyone can recall, the people began to lose their fear of the police

  • The protests have been remarkable for another reason

  • The public outrage bridged the wide class differences in Brazil

  • Rio's college-educated kids are fighting side by side with party protesters from

  • the favela who was born at front of Brazil's brutal police force

  • Thanks to the World Cup, they now have a common enemy - FIFA,

  • the world governing body of football

  • and the unrivaled capitalism that it represents.

  • In exchange for hosting the World Cup

  • FIFA demanded upgrades to Brazil's infrastructure and internal security

  • that's ballooned into the most expensive in football history

  • some 15 billion dollars.

  • The government insists that all of the spending is worth it

  • We have the army, the navy, the air force,

  • the Rio police, the federal police

  • more than 20,000 men to provide all the security and comfort

  • for those coming to the World Cup.

  • But the past year has shown the population is fed up

  • Cup no way! Fuck you FIFA! This outrage can only be contained

  • through a massive mobilization of troops

  • 170,000 military and police are being deployed to secure the games

  • New laws have granted the military and police special powers to arrest demonstrators

  • In a country emerging from decades of military dictatorship

  • FIFA and the World Cup have given the police and armed forces a new reason to

  • flex their muscles

  • Team Brazil may do its magic during the World Cup

  • but this is not about football anymore

  • In rio we join probably the most peaceful protest of the year,

  • the annual Marijuana March where everyone is too stoned to cause trouble

  • we went there to meet up with Matias who has been filming the chaos in the streets from

  • day one last year

  • He's part of the Movement and activist of his own right who is

  • not afraid to get his camera up in the face of the police

  • What's your problem? Are you cornered?

  • Are you guys afraid? Do you have fear?

  • You are shooting randomly, what the fuck? Are you afraid of us?

  • You are crazy! Go fuck yourselves

  • You shot my camera you piece of shit

  • Go fuck yourself you son of a bitch

  • After hurling a bear can at a cop last year,

  • he was arrested, but even that didn't stop him from filming

  • We headed to downtown Rio where one of the largest riots take place

  • to get an insider's perspective on what the demonstrations are really about

  • Let's go. I think we're gonna run for it. Let' go.

  • That's real Rio de Janeiro way of crossing the street. You know?

  • We began with the the bus fares. The mayor was reelected

  • As soon as office they raised the bus fares

  • both Rio and Sáo Paulo you know that got people really pissed off

  • it's like they've been tricked you know

  • It sounds like politics man

  • It's not about only 20 cent

  • It's about everything. It's about the quality of life, it sucks.

  • And in Rio and Sáo Paulo, the big cities

  • and the big events such as the World Cup and Olympics.

  • Half part of it's because people are seen like how many money founded

  • But the World Cup you know is already the most

  • expensive World Cup of history

  • And it's all for people who don't live here It's all for the tourists

  • exactly

  • and it's sad because the Brazilians are so fanatic to football and

  • just like they're missing the best of the part

  • they're hosting the party but they can't be there. Yeah. Suck that.

  • Matias is taking us to one of the largest protests in Rio's history

  • took place last year

  • Most of the protests until then had been hidden from sight

  • and confined to poor areas in the favelas but this uprising took place right in

  • the middle of downtown Rio

  • There was the you know the protest going out all over the country something like

  • Oh my god there's the fucking revolution coming.

  • There's the fucking day I waited all my life you know

  • People torched the car down there

  • I got the final chance to first time see a

  • car burning and

  • they don't explode like in American movies. They don't explode? No, they just burn

  • burn burn

  • It was all expecting should it be exploding? No, it didn't

  • You didn't get your action movie sequel time huh. haha yeah

  • if the Brazilian team plays really bad you know

  • like in the 2006 World Cup they suck it they played really bad you know

  • yeah if that happens again things can get out of control

  • because then all the population will be pissed off with their Brazil national team

  • and come on now there's more like a

  • one week of this gringos(foreigners) having party here

  • you know that can be frightening so what you're saying is

  • we're coming up of a year the biggest protest results ever seen

  • some of the most aggressive.

  • We've got corruption, financial waste just

  • spread all over. Then, all of the soccer hooligans are coming to descend on

  • Brazil as well

  • yeah, so, you've got all the soccer hooligans, you got pissed off population

  • it seems like a very very large powder keg yeah

  • Football and politics are so intertwined in Brazil

  • that whether by accident or design the presidential elections always happened in

  • the same year as the World Cup

  • the World Cup has been seen as a way for the government to boost its ratings

  • and there's an official view that Brazilians love for football

  • will override all of the problems. I don't believe we will have protests during the World Cup.

  • I believe the World Cup will be protected

  • by the people's will to support such a big event.

  • I think that when the teams from all around the world start to arrive in Brazil,

  • and the tourists from all around the world

  • start to arrive in Brazil,

  • we will have more of a party environment than an atmosphere of protest.

  • But the events in Rio last year proved otherwise

  • and could be an indication of what to expect during the World Cup in the city

  • on June 30th 2013 Undefeated Spain played Brazil in the Confederations Cup Final

  • Final

  • at Maracanã stadium in Rio. This would be kind of a dry run for the World Cup

  • 6,000 police were deployed around the stadium versus 1200 protesters

  • At 7 p.m. the match started

  • and with just a minute and a half into the game, Brazil got its first chance for

  • an attack

  • Fred number nine made an astonishing goal while lying down

  • outside the stadium, protesters played football with tear gas canisters

  • the police engaged a Molotov cocktail throwing protesters with rubber bullets

  • tear gas and stun grenades

  • Fred, one of the best attackers in football said that he done a lot of good things

  • but never a goal.

  • Outside, the riot became more dramatic as the game continued reaching a final climax as

  • Brazil's Neymar fired a second goal

  • his left foot high above the goalkeeper Brazil pummeled Spain's 3-0 defeating

  • Spain's record 29-game winning streak but this spectacular win wasn't enough

  • to keep protesters off the streets

  • There will be no Cup!

  • There will be no Cup!

  • What's up? Any bullet marks on this car? I'm serious. Are there any?

  • The dictatorship is over for the rich, but it goes on for the poor.

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