The People of Brazil Need Food, Not FIFA!
Statement of Solidarity by the People Power Movement-Movimiento Poder Popular
July 8, 2014
As the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup kicked off in Brazil this year, millions of Brazilians have been redirecting their national fervor from sports to politics. In Brazil, home to the most successful national football team in the history of the FIFA World Cup, victory will be judged not on the field, but in the streets.
In cities like Brasília, São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro, cries ring not of GOAL! but of Nao Vai Ter Copa!/There Will Be No Cup! People are kicking tear gas cannisters instead of soccer balls. Gunshots and rubber bullets have replaced fireworks. Cheers, chants, banners, and graffiti echo political demands. The World Cup overflows with blood. The nostalgically unifying game of soccer has been transformed into a power struggle between the people and the state, with the latter rigging the game so that they have men in blue uniform blocking the goal from one goal post to the other. Two teams. One country. Who will prevail?
This is the reality for the wretched of Brazil, who are facing racist and elitist repression in the midst of a growing militarized police state that has imposed red card penalties onto local residents who humbly play by the rules. Sudden violent evictions have…