Who Hijacked Our Country

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Forget the World Cup. Go to the People's Cup.

When the FIFA World Cup is going on in Sao Paulo, Brazil, an alternative World Cup will be held in Rio de Janeiro's Port region.  La Copa Popular (the People's Cup) will be featuring athletes from Rio's favelas (OK, that's poor neighborhoods if you have to put a label on it).

One of the organizers of the People's Cup, Larissa Lacerda of Sao Paulo, wears a T-shirt that says World Cup for Whom?  She said:

The idea is make a sports competition, which truly has a popular character, with people in some way affected by FIFA's Cup.

In 2012, Brazil's congress passed legislation barring local street vendors from setting up shop within a 2-kilometer radius of FIFA's restricted zones.  These restricted areas are heavily guarded by “security” forces.  Also, countless citizens have been evicted in order to make way for the commercial development that will cater to the World Cup.  Larissa Lacerda said:

So there are teams of communities suffering from removals, the street vendors, teams from communities suffering police violence. So we did the Cup to bring visibility to these issues and create debate.

A 15-year-old player who will be participating in the People's Cup said:

A lot of people are suffering because of the World Cup. This is a way to protest.  There are a lot of people losing their homes.  Health and education are chaotic.  They are wasting money on unnecessary things like more roads, when really health and education should be in first place.


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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everytime there is a World Cup or Olympics the first thing they do is clear the Riff-Raff out of the way. Did you know for the LA Olympics they cleared the homeless out of the nearby neighborhoods and then detained them without charges for the entire length of the games.

Clearly a violation of our Constitution.

Erik

June 5, 2014 at 2:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also remember before Mexico City the Military marched in with guns to clear the poor out of the area and many people died. They tried to call that to the attention to the international Olympic officials as well as the rest of the world. But nobody seemed to care.

Erik

June 5, 2014 at 12:28 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: True, clearing out the riffraff is pretty much standard before any big sports undertaking like the Olympics or the World Cup. Putin was probably more ruthless than anyone when it came to getting those unsightly dogs and poor people out of the way for the Sochi Olympics.

I thought the "People's Cup" story was unusual just because of the alternate event that was being held at the same time as the World Cup.

June 5, 2014 at 4:53 PM  

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