The Protest Movement in Brazil. Towards a New Political Scenario?
Mega-Events, Mega-Businesses, Mega-Protests in Brazil
President Dilma Rousseff’s Address to the Nation
At first, conservative sociologists and political scientists, as well as political analysts regular in the media’s payroll, called to “explain the events” were rather skeptical and proudly proclaimed their final sentence: “rebels without a cause,” “hooligans.”
They missed it all; as much as President Dilma Rousseff and [President of FIFA] Mr. Joseph Blatter missed it when booed at the Confederations Cup opening ceremony on June, 15th. She clearly showed her perplexity and he had a faded, frozen, smile on his face.
They both had imagined they would be greeted for building, at a cost of more than $1-billion (U.S.), a soccer stadium for 70,000 people in a city where the average soccer audience is around 2,000 souls!
President Dilma Rousseff’s address to the nation on Friday, June 21st, should be read and analyzed carefully. There are two hypotheses to explain its tone and meaning. The first hypothesis would be constructed in light of her first two years in office, filled with big corporation’s partnerships and their mega-projects. In fact, Dilma’s administration has honored so far the recent eight years of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s “governance pact” with the most reactionary forces in the country. This hypothesis would recommend taking the speech with caution and not very seriously. The power and favors granted to the interests represented by the triad Ricardo Teixeira – José Marin – Joseph Blatter and the COB – IOC structure would be sufficient to say there is nothing to expect from the current coalition government. Everything would only be a camera trick, a rhetoric operation seeking to appropriate the demonstrations’ freshness, creativeness and purposefulness. Summarizing, the speech would only be a revival of the traditional cooptation strategies, driven, as usual, by the most organized and negotiation based sectors.