NÃO VAI TER COPA!! Solidarity Statement with the People of Brazil Protesting the World Cup

Down with the World Cup!!

Solidarity with the People of Brazil

Saturday, June 14, 2014

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Photo from Solidarity Rally with the People of Brazil protesting against the World Cup.

Brazil is the home ground of football, a place where soccer isn’t just a game; it’s a lifestyle. In June, Brazil will be invaded by hundreds of thousands football enthusiasts, when the World Cup, the biggest sporting event in the world, will be held in 12 cities throughout the country, including the final to be held in Rio de Janeiro. These events however have brought about the displacement and plunder of many thousands of urban poor in cities across Brazil, the continued displacement and plunder of indigenous peoples from their lands, and the hard line repression directed by the State of Brazil as a whole against anyone who questions or may jeopardize their World Cup economy.

The street mural that went viral on social media depicting the misery and hunger of Brazil’s urban poor.

The Brazilian government, under the hand of Dilma Rousseff, has spent more than 15 billion dollars on the World Cup, the most expensive in recorded history, mostly spent on luxurious stadiums, tourist attractions and security. This will all take place in one of the most unequal countries on the planet.

In the northern Brazilian city of Fortaleza alone, the richest 7% of the population own ¼ of the city’s wealth, while millions live on a bare minimum. The State of Ceara, where Fortaleza is located, invested more than 220 million dollars to rebuild the Castelao Stadium, which is roughly equivalent to the amount the State has invested in public education in the last 4 years combined. This is happening across Brazil with multi-million dollar stadiums being built next to slums; including Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium built at a hefty $670 million dollars, next to the slum of Metro-Mangeira, forcibly displacing 600 families in the neighbourhood alone.


According to various NGOs, approximately 200,000 people across Brazil will be forcibly removed for constructions relating to the World Cup. Amnesty International Brazil reports that people have been ignored by local authorities, where “the logic behind this was profit and money. Not people’s well being.”

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Militarized Police walk around Brazil’s slum areas known as “Favelas.” 200,000 police officers have been dispatched throughout Brazil for the World Cup.

This gentrification is also perpetuating the use of death squads, usually armed militarized police that have been known to target street children and homeless people to further social cleansing, paid for by powerful private interest groups. These tactics of repression are the inheritance of the military dictatorship that murdered and disappeared thousands of political dissidents during the 1960’s and 70’s, which continues today with the hard line repression the Brazilian government towards political activists, workers, and Indigenous Peoples trying to reclaim their rights.

Protests in Brazil - June 20th, 2013
Millions take to the streets in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paolo and other cities across Brazil protesting austerity measures and over the top spending associated with the upcoming World Cup.

Over the last year, millions of people have taken to the streets to demand not only better living and working conditions, but also the right to exist. Workers of numerous industries have been going on strike, which ruptured with Rio’s transit strike last year, seeing an outpouring of support, and continues today with striking airport workers during the World Cup itself. The indigenous Guarani Nation also took to the streets in the last few weeks to demand the State stop its plunder into their traditional territory, to expand the World Cup type economy of privatization of reserve lands and land claims.

Riots erupt in Sao Paolo at the start of the World Cup on June 12th.

These demands have been met by fierce State repression, enacting Antiterrorism laws for protesters, killing at least one, in which 200,000 militarized police officers have been dispatched throughout the proceedings of World Cup. Despite the militarization, the youth continue to show their strength on the streets, with outpouring of protests and riots in Thursday’s opening. As many youth on the ground would say, “Capital is worldwide, and it will come crashing down worldwide. Down with the World Cup!” We send our deepest sense of solidarity to the people on the front lines protesting against the plunder, displacement and repression caused by the World Cup and imposed by the Brazilian State. While there is misery, there will be rebellion.

Anti-World Cup Protests in Brazil
Anti-World Cup Protests in Sao Paolo at the start of the World Cup on June 12th.

NÃO VAI TER COPA!! Down with the World Cup!! Marrichiweu!

The Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu [Toronto]



NAO VAI TER COPA! Solidarity Protest with the People of Brazil against FIFA’s World Cup

YDvILko1PM – Toronto Brazilian Consulate

77 Bloor Street West

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/515312128595199/?ref=22

Come out this Saturday to support the People of Brazil and their protests against the ongoing plunder and displacement caused by FIFA’s World Cup.

200,000 militarized police have been dispatched throughout Brazil, displacing and repressing the urban poor in favelas, workers, and further displacing Indigenous Peoples from their land, all who have come onto the streets protesting for their rights in the hundreds of thousands. Police murders of street children and organizers remain in impunity from the lock down of repression.

Join us on Saturday at the Toronto Brazilian Consulate at 1pm to show the people of Brazil they are not alone in their protest. More information to come.

Called out by The Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu



Arson Attack in San Luis Estate in Vilcun [Wallmapu], Property of [Settler] Ewald Luchsinger

Foto-del-ataque-Héctor-Burgos-Ormeño-730x350[Editor’s Note: The Luchsingers are well known rich Settlers in Wallmapu that have been occupying Mapuche Territory (with financial ties to the forestry industry, government officials and paramilitary militias) displacing surrounding indigenous communities for the past century. Mapuche Weichafe [Warrior] Matias Catrileo was shot in the back and killed by a police officer (Walter Ramirez) in January 2008, during a peaceful land reclamation in one of the Luchsinger Estates. The officer who murdered Matias was given a light sentence of three years probation in 2013 and continues to work in the Chilean National Police Force.

In January 2013, on the fifth anniversary of Matias’ murder, the Luchsinger-Mackay Estate was set ablaze, resulting in the deaths of the couple. Mapuche traditional authority, Machi [Medicine Healer] Celestino Cordova, was arrested and charged for having allegedly participated in the action resulting in the deaths of the Luchsinger –Mackay couple and was sentenced to 18 years in prison in February 2014.]

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014        

The arson attack occurred at 11:30pm on Monday in the Region of Arauco.

According to preliminary information obtained by La Radio, the events took place in the San Luis Estate in the area of General Lopez, in the township of Vilcun.

The estate is the property of Ewald Luchsinger, a cousin to the children of the Luchsinger-Mackay couple who died in a similar arson attack in January 2013.

The attack was allegedly carried out by at least 4 masked men that carried short and long firearms. They allegedly beat the groundskeeper to then set the house ablaze and three cellars containing potatoes and machinery.

Police, Investigations Units and the Public Prosecutor’s Office were dispatched to the scene to investigate the cause of the incident.

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Distributed by: The Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu [Toronto]



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