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An incomplete economic boom, failing social policies and forsaken education and healthcare systems helped fuel a protest sparked by a seemingly unimportant issue, which spread like wildfire across Brazil. Now the people are monitoring government actions very closely.


RIO DE JANEIRO - Two minutes of uninterrupted booing. That was the greeting for Brazilian Presidenta Dilma Rousseff during her inaugural address at the official opening ceremony of the Confederations Cup on 15 June. Visibly angry, Rousseff cut her speech short, whereas FIFA President Joseph Blatter, standing by her side, seemed unflustered. Since booing politicians is part of an age-old tradition in Brazil, it could have been a minor incident had it not turned out to be a prelude to the largest demonstrations in the country’s recent history.

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An incomplete economic boom, failing social policies and forsaken education and healthcare systems helped fuel a protest sparked by a seemingly unimportant issue, which spread like wildfire across Brazil. Now the people are monitoring government actions very closely.


RIO DE JANEIRO – Two minutes of uninterrupted booing. That was the greeting for Brazilian Presidenta Dilma Rousseff during her inaugural address at the official opening ceremony of the Confederations Cup on 15 June. Visibly angry, Rousseff cut her speech short, whereas FIFA President Joseph Blatter, standing by her side, seemed unflustered. Since booing politicians is part of an age-old tradition in Brazil, it could have been a minor incident had it not turned out to be a prelude to the largest demonstrations in the country’s recent history.

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