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Schmidt, Johannes

Schmidt, Johannes

Johannes Schmidt ist wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Energieplanungsprogramm der Universität Rio de Janeiro und betreibt den Blog copacopacabana.wordpress.com mit, auf dem über Brasilien rund um die Fußballweltmeisterschaft berichtet wird.


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Wiener Zeitung - Austria | 03/06/2014

Growing inequality fuels WM protests

Shortly before the World Cup begins, thousands of Brazilians have staged protests in recent days. It is mainly the growing inequalities that are driving the people onto the streets, the state-run liberal daily Wiener Zeitung comments: "Above all in Rio de Janeiro, which will also host the Olympic Games in 2016, underground lines and tramlines are being built. And a lot of money is being invested into 'appeasing' in the poor neighbourhoods controlled by drug gangs. ... Investments in these areas are therefore a good thing - for many people. But the large-scale revamp of the city also has its losers. Fifa will earn an estimated five billion US dollars while street vendors are banished from the streets. In Rio, the underground is being extended to the rich southern part of the city but not to the poor areas in the north. It's above all black youths who pay for the 'appeasement policy' with their lives and become the victims of human rights abuses committed by police units deployed in the favelas."

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