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You know what? Fuck FIFA and The World Cup. I’m angry, and you should be, too.
I’m happy Brazil is losing.
I don’t give the slightest shit about the Cup. I don’t like sports in general, and I think watching bouncing balls as if they have impact is generally laughable. But you know what? I’m going to take a stand here,and say this:
Fuck Brazil, and it’s team. I hope for a crushing, soul-destroying defeat, and I hope the Germans drown them in the filth they’ve created. Least they deserve.
Before any of you avid ballfoot fanatics get at me for this, hear me out. I’ve sources that are guaranteed to get you seething, or the money you didn’t pay me back. So… on to why Brazil is one of the worst places right now.
First, from The Washington Post:
Like millions of people around the world, I am enjoying watching the World Cup. Unfortunately, this otherwise great sports event has a terrible dark side: In order to construct the necessary facilities, the Brazilian government forcibly displaced thousands of people. This recent article by Brazilian-based architect Anthony Ling cites estimates indicating that some 250,000 people have been evicted from their homes:
Who would ever think that something as beautiful as a soccer championship could be destructive? The World Cup has become a social and public policy disaster for Brazil….
The attempt to produce a “legacy” does not only have a financial cost, but also an invaluable social cost, possibly the largest loss of all generated by the World Cup. Research done by NGOs such as ANCOP and Conectas estimates that around 250 thousand people will be evicted from their homes because of new public works related to the event.
A January 25 article in the Washington Post notes that the figure of 250,000 is disputed. But there is little doubt that victims at least number in the thousands:
Where there was once a soccer field in this city in southern Brazil, there is a highway.
And where there were once shanty homes, there are piles of timber, bricks and the debris of those who used to live there.
The reason is the World Cup. The mega-event that will play out this summer in a dozen Brazilian cities is driving a frenzy of road construction, airport renovations and other projects.
The impact is being felt most strongly among the poorest citizens, including residents of Porto Alegre’s largest favela, or slum, who have come to regard the soccer championship as synonymous with evictions, removals and demolition….
“Brazil is by far and away the champion of forced removals,” said Christopher Gaffney, a visiting geography professor at the Fluminense Federal University in Rio de Janeiro. “This is clearly the most impactful World Cup ever, with a lot of ambitious projects.”
As both articles point out, many of the people evicted are poor and politically weak. Although many have lived in these neighborhoods, their property rights are not recognized by the official legal system, which makes it easy to evict them with little or no compensation.
So… mad yet? Here’s more.
From The Guardian:
Brazilian construction companies have made a great deal of money from the construction of stadiums, and related infrastructure. But their human rights record has been unnecessarily poor: eight workers have died on the construction sites working for companies such as Andrade Gutierrez.
In its pre-World Cup expansion of São Paulo airport, building giant OAS was accused by the Brazil’s Labour Ministry of forcing 111 workers to live in “slave-like” conditions and making each worker pay $250 to secure a job.
Street vendors are complaining that Fifa, with the multinationals, have created a 2km exclusion zone within which only ‘concessionaires’ have access to the rich market of hungry, thirsty fans in and around the stadiums.
The exclusion zone will be policed by private security companies. Human rights organisation Conectas and Justicia Global have warned against the militarisation of public space. They’ve cited the potential for human rights violations of protesters by these private security companies, which report to Fifa instead of the Brazilian state.
How calm are you? Seriously.
Then, a piece from The Daily Caller:
An independent documentary called “Casas Marcadas” (Marked Houses) reveals that the Rio de Janeiro Municipal Housing Department (SMH) marked hundreds of houses with codes in preparation for sending bulldozers to tear them down, without any prior notice or personal contact with the residents. The price of properties sold in these communities, even restricted to the informal market and with low quality construction, reach R$100 thousand.
However, reparations handed out to residents that lose their homes rarely amount to R$10 thousand, when they even get anything back. To make it all worse, there are hundreds of police brutality complaints filed and reported by those who have challenged their removal, with no success. Now imagine this happening throughout the country in all cities preparing for the World Cup. Being literally removed with no other place to go, the already astonishing inequality and social exclusion gap widens even more.
So basically, fuck the people! WE WANT TO KICK A BALL AROUND!
Lastly, from GlobalResearch:
Over one million people in Brazil have protested the cost of the World Cup, the cutbacks and increased costs of social services, forced evictions, and other human rights violations.
The state security services have cracked down viciously on all anti‑FIFA demonstrations across the country. At least a dozen or more people have been killed and hundreds have been arrested. On the first day of the World Cup, 47 people were arrested, and police shot rubber bullets at medics helping the wounded. The state security services have been accused of killing of the poor and homeless, including children, to “clean up” the favelas prior to the start of the World Cup. To justify this violent response, the federal government has pushed to pass legislation that would criminalize all anti‑FIFA protests as “terrorism”, with 12 to 30 year prison sentences for those convicted. 
The state has deployed more than 200,000 troops, armed with such weapons as Israeli drones, German anti‑aircraft tanks, and rooftop missile defense systems, to protect the World Cup from protestors. The infamous American mercenary company, Blackwater, known for its role in the U.S. occupation of Iraq, is allegedly in Brazil helping with security for the World Cup.
In closing, I want every Brazil fan in tears. I want all watching the games to realize that the ground the Cup is on is drenched in blood. I want the protesters to get their due, and be given the due justice they deserve. I want the Brazilian State to be ashamed of what it’s done, and I hope for a successful revolution there with enormous casualties on the side of the oppressors until they agree to capitulate, and compensate everyone victimized for the toll this event has taken on human life and dignity. I’m pissed off, and all of you should be, as well, because every fan and organization involved here made this happen.
Fuck the Brazillian State, and FIFA. This shit should not be left alone, and I hope you all will spread the word, and make sure it isn’t.