Street Art against the World Cup in Brazil
The Football World Cup in Brazil is the latest big sports event surrounded by controversy and mass protests. In a country with millions of people starving in poverty, the over 8 billion euros (11 billion dollars) spent on preparations for the football World Cup could have been better spent on education, healthcare, transportation and welfare.
The whole thing escalated into a new level of ridiculous when politicians decided to build a stadium in the Amazon rainforest and name the thing Amazonia. Seriously, they spent millions to destroy the world’s most important ecosystem, displaced many indigenous people and killed endangered animals. And they did it with taxpayer money.
As if that’s not bad enough, other construction work for the World Cup has permanently displaced thousands of poor people, mostly indigenous and black Brazilians.
And when over one million Brazilians took to the streets to protest against all of that, they were met by a shameful level of police brutality.
Thankfully, resistance always finds a way to get noticed, in this case through street art: