Jul 11 2014

Why Did Brazil Protests Decline After World Cup Started?

The world’s most watched sporting event is just days from wrapping up. While there have been reports of protests, vandalism, and robberies after Brazil’s shocking 1-7 loss to Germany, actions against the World Cup itself are still continuing, albeit at a lower level.

Earlier this week one Brazilian protestor told the IB Times that he hasn’t watched a single World Cup game and prefers to spend his time speaking out against the Cup rather than celebrating it. Activists like him have been demonstrating against the many evictions and exorbitant costs that led up to the World Cup and continue to demand that similar amounts of money be spent on social services.

However, demonstrations have declined since the games began. According to a local newspaper, the number of protests dropped 39 percent within the first 12 days of the opening match compared with the 12 days before it.

After the finals on Sunday, the questions arise: What will happen to the 12 World Cup stadiums scattered across Brazil? And, what is expected leading up to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janiero.

While several stadiums are only expected to fill 10% of their seating capacity after the World Cup, Brazilian sports minister Aldo Rebelo told Bloomberg News that stadiums can be used for non-sporting events like trade fairs and concerts. However critics point out that previous World Cup hosts like South Africa are seeing their stadiums struggle.

GUEST: Maria Luisa Mendonça is director of Brazil’s Network for Social Justice and Human Rights and professor in the international relations department at the University of Rio De Janeiro

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