Brazil Correspondent

Student Assemblies in Porto Alegre | Citizens' Press Correspondent in Brazil

An action packed day in Porto Alegre. The morning of Thursday June 27th marked the formation of the first student assembly since demonstrations began over a week ago. Although the turnout was quite small (relative to the numbers anticipated on social media), there were nevertheless roughly 300-500 students in attendance. The assembly convened outdoors, in the courtyard of one of the city’s three universities. Among the speeches and socializing, two decisions were made.

Thursday Update: Porto Alegre Night Demonstrations | Citizens' Press Correspondent in Brazil

It was heavy rain all day and evening in Porto Alegre. The crowds were strong, but not as much as last Monday. Things were much more intense in the rest of the country, activist reports are saying 2 million people throughout Rio, Sao Paulo, and Brasilia. Students were joking that people should develop a strategy to differentiate themselves from the anarchists who are causing some of the damage and allowing the media to say the protest was violent.

Videos from Porto Alegre Protests | Citizens' Press Correspondent in Brazil

Short videos recorded on the streets in Porto Alegre, Brazil showing the massive crowd in the protests against austerity and wasteful spending on the World Cup. Points of interest: 90% of the crowd is under 25yrs of age; their slogans include: “we are Turkish”; “without a political party”; “we don’t want the world cup” Video 1. 2. Video 2. 3. Video 3. 4. Video 4. 5.

Porto Alegre Demonstrations still strong, still left | Citizens' Press Brazil Correspondent

It has been exactly one week since nationwide demonstrations emerged in Brazil. Tonight marked the third set of demonstrations in Porto Alegre. It has been an interesting last few days. Confirmation of fascist elements within the crowds last Thursday both here and in Sao Paolo had people concerned about potential violence tonight. In fact, we witnessed some of this at last Thursday’s march, from an overpass, two groups of youths tearing into each other, punching, kicking, running and chasing.