WASHINGTON — Over 200,000 demonstrators took to the streets in Brazil to protest poor policies. Specifically, Reuters reports  that these protesters were upset at poor public services, violent police and a corrupt government siphoning off funds for personal gain and for friends and family.
Social media was the organizer of the demonstrations, which were widespread throughout Brazil’s major cities of Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte and Brasilia. Apparently, demonstrators climbed to the roof of the country’s Congress building and stormed it.
The sluggish economy, high inflation, rising crime and mismanaged treatment of the country’s poor have enraged Brazilians. As the country prepares to host the 2014 World Cup, this is the last thing on the government’s wish list.
Brazil has adopted free-market policies with a leftist tilt, with government social programs designed to help the poor and impoverished. But, as the demonstrations showed, these programs have not stopped dissatisfaction among Brazilians.