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SBD Global/June 20, 2013/International Football
Brazil Coach Calls For Calm To Confederations Cup Protests, As Quarter Million Demonstrate
Published June 20, 2013
CYBER ATTACK: In London, Adam Whitnall reported the 2014 World Cup has become "a major target for protesters, with a cyber attack bringing down the government's official website for the event." The Brazil branch of computer hackers group Anonymous "posted a series of links on Twitter to other government sites whose content had been replaced by calls to citizens to come out to the streets." In an attempt to quell the unrest, at least four cities "have agreed to reverse the bus fare price increase that sparked the first demonstrations last week" (INDEPENDENT, 6/19).
MORE ON PROTESTS: Recently in Brazil, "big protests have developed out of nowhere, driven by economic injustice mostly, the biggest of them" Monday night and again last night, according to NBC's Brian Williams. NBC's Mark Potter said "an estimated quarter million Brazilians took to the streets in more than a dozen cities. Most were peaceful, though there was violence." Potter noted, "Many in the crowds complained about rampant corruption, crime, low wages and a lack of social services … as Brazil spends billions to build stadiums for next year's World Cup and the 2016 Olympics." Univ. of Miami School of Law Dir Jessica Carvalho Morris said, "When you have a population of 13 million people who are going to bed hungry every night, it's hard to justify building so many stadiums with public funds." Potter noted Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff posted a statement on Youtube that stated the protestors have "valid complaints and needed to be heard." But Potter said that with Brazil "about to move on to the world stage with international sporting events, not to mention hosting the Pope next month, many wonder if it will be ready" as "more protests are expected" ("Nightly News," NBC, 6/18).