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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.”