So there was some Brazilian solidarity at “the Bean” after all! Great shot by photography student Amanda Areias.
About 150 Brazilians and U.S. supporters came to Millennium Park yesterday evening to show their support for the tens of thousands who were taking to the streets of Brazil’s major cities at that very same time to voice their discontent with corruption, police brutality and other issues.
As in Brazil, the demonstrators were mostly students. The original intent was to hold the demo in front of the Bean for maximum visibility, but the Millennium Park administration nixed the plan, allowing the group to gather at a grassy area on the northern edge of the park. The demo lasted about an hour and a half and spirits were high throughout, despite some light drizzle.
More demonstrations are in the planning; we’ll keep you up to date.
Uncredited photos by Sergio Barreto; many thanks to the other photographers
A group of Brazilian students has organized a demonstration in solidarity with protesters who have faced policy violence in Brazil over the past few days.
The organizers have received permission from the management of Millennium Park to hold the demo at Wrigley Square in the southwest corner of the park (see map here). The conditions are that the participants can hold signs, but they must keep it quiet.
The demo will start at 7 p.m. and may last up to an hour and a half. So you can stop by after work with a sign, but don’t bring any loudspeakers, whistles, or pots and pans to bang on. Similar solidarity protests are planned by Brazilian expatriates in numerous cities across the world.
For those who don’t know, this situation started on June 13, when a protest against a 20-cent public transit fare hike in São Paulo ended in an ugly melee in which police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at the crowd. The protests quickly spread to other major cities and grew into expressions of general discontent with the Rousseff administration, leading to many more claims of brutality at the hands of the police (some well-documented). Brazilian authorities have denied the accusations but vowed to investigate, and they have accused protesters of widespread vandalism.
Here’s a video of the June 13 protest that started it all; it’s in Portuguese but it’s pretty self-explanatory. The ugliness starts at around 2:35.
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