Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Emergency Meeting

The Economist reports Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's hand picked successor, Brazilian President Dilma Roussef, has seen her popularity drop in half "after the eruption of nationwide protests involving more than 1m people."  The people are upset over corruption.

In response she "has put forward a five-point plan focused on political reform and investment in long-neglected public services. On July 2nd she sent a list of proposals to the Senate. She wants a consultative referendum on the public financing of campaigns, the abolition of secret ballots in parliament, an overhaul of rules that govern political alliances and a new electoral system (the current one uses an open-list, proportional-representation model for the lower house)"

Our correspondent on the scene, Friends University student Lucas Bariani Machado, tells us from Brazil that some may be skeptical.  He provided us with the YouTube spoof (in Portuguese with English subtitles) below: enjoy!



Lucas offers this video as a 5 minute explanation of "why we are into these protests that you've been aware of lately." 


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