Brazil’s surprisingly decisive win over world champions Spain in Sunday’s Confederation Cup final has added to the can do attitude sweeping the nation.
While Neymar was receiving the bronze boot for falling over the most times in 90 minutes, police outside the Maracana were firing tear gas at protesters determined to show that the decision to spend millions on sporting events rather than public services still has opposition regardless of the success of the national team.
The protesters too have had their share of success and this is contributing to a sense of empowerment and fresh protests.
The bus fare increases which triggered the initial unrest have long since been reversed but another major bone of contention, the ‘pec 37’ legislation designed to limit investigations into those guilty of corruption, has not only been scrapped but harsher penalties for those found guilty of corruption has been introduced.
This is a major u turn and evidence of exactly how scared the politicians are of the current mood.
These successes are viewed as the tip of the iceberg and now many more feel empowered to take to the streets to make their voice heard.
Yesterday one of the major routes into Sao Paulo was brought to a standstill by truck drivers protesting that the highway is closed to them at peak hours. Their argument might not be shared by those who use the highway at these hours but the protest shows how groups from disparate sections of society are coming together to air their grievances.
It’s unclear how long the protests will last or how wide the grievences will reach but one thing is sure the list of grievences from which Brazilians may choose is very very long.