The desire for change is in everybody but there are not many in whom the desire takes form of a fire, a protest and in very rare occasions people come out on the roads in hundreds and thousands to ask for change. The recent protests in Brazil are very different than other protest movements that can be seen around the world in today’s world. People of different social standing have joined hands and they have different demands. Everyone needs something different but they all have teamed up to ask for these different things. The only word that seems to fit all the demands is ‘change’.
One of the main demands is regarding the legislation that curbs the powers of the public prosecutors in finding out information about crimes and criminals. The Brazilian public wants the legislation to be discarded because it will make the law system more prone to corruption. Another important reason is the bad infrastructure for education. Students are flocking to the streets for taking part in the protests. The distinct social difference in Brazil and the privileges enjoyed by the rich that are out of the reach of working class and middle class is another prime reason behind the mass protests raging in different parts of Brazil.
The high amount of money that are being spent for the World Cup next year and the 2016 Olympics has enraged the Brazilians. Recently the bus fares got raised 7% and that has definitely increased the expenditure of the general public who has to avail public transport on a daily basis. So many different causes cannot be addressed all at once and even the public knows that. Members of the protest have acknowledged that they do not expect all their demands to be met instantaneously and they are willing to fight for it on a regular basis.
The Brazilian president Dilma Rouseff has promised to improve the quality of education, transportation and health care facilities. She has promised that she will try to use the money from selling crude oil for bettering education infrastructure and asked protestors to maintain peace. The public, however, has not found anything new in her statement and have demanded positive actions instead of air bubbles of promises. The protestors are not all necessarily poor or backward. They symbolize that change is actually going on and will continue to move forward despite of the deficient socio-economic structure.