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The Facebook Rebels and the Brazilian Favelas

The Facebook Rebels and the Brazilian Favelas

On the six­teenth of April, 1984 the final demon­stra­tion of the Dire­tas Já cam­paign brought one and a half mil­lion Brazil­ians into the streets of São Paulo. The phrase “I want to vote for pres­i­dent” could be read on the pro­test­ers’ yel­low t-shirts and posters. To under­stand the recent wave of demon­stra­tions in Brazil, we will have to begin with the his­to­ry of this reformist move­ment, ani­mat­ed by the pro­test­ers’ belief that their coun­try had been degrad­ed by the greed and incom­pe­tence of the politicians—a con­stant theme in the efforts to make our insti­tu­tions more respon­sive to the “real Brazil.”

No Police, No Problem: Personal Testimony of a Protester from Turkey

No Police, No Problem: Personal Testimony of a Protester from Turkey

As I start­ed writ­ing from Tar­labasi, Istan­bul, the police were for­ti­fy­ing Tak­sim Square to pre­vent peace­ful pro­test­ers from enter­ing. They were there to protest the release of the police­man who mur­dered one of our com­rades in Ankara, Ethem Sarisu­luk. He was shot in the head, and a video has been released clear­ly reveal­ing the mur­der. Despite abun­dant evi­dence and wit­ness­es to the con­trary, courts released him on the basis of “self-defense” and will con­tin­ue his tri­al with­out deten­tion. With this deci­sion, the par­tial­i­ty of the legal sys­tem in favor of the bru­tal police forces became obvi­ous once again.