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CONIC Asks For Less Circus and More Justice in Brazil

Police aggression, legitimated by certain communication media and present in the repression of peaceful demonstrations calling for the lowering of bus fares in São Paulo and of the manifestations by indigenous peoples claiming their rights, “is frightening” said the National Council of Christian Churches of Brazil (CONIC) this week. “It seems that repression has become a model,” it said.

Brasilia, Friday, June 21, 2013

CONIC laments that the re-vindications of the civil society are not met through dialogue, but with violence, a recurring practice in different moments and situations, such as the evictions from the Indian Museum in Rio de Janeiro and the demarcations of indigenous areas in Mato Grosso do Sul. "The authoritarian culture continues to be a characteristic of the Brazilian state,” said CONIC.  

CONIC draws attention to a report by the Human Rights Council of the United Nations that makes several recommendations to Brazil, two of which point out the repressive measures by the police against the demonstrations of social movements. The first proposes an end to the military police, and the second asks that the urban restructuring underway for the 2014 soccer World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games, be regulated to prevent evictions and displacements of the people.    

Brazil doesn't need super events to sell the image of a country of soccer and sports, said CONIC. “We don't want a mere circus. We also want bread, the fruit of social justice. We demand the complying with the international human rights conventions. Our wish is that the people be respected and that policies that are capable of transforming the social and economic structures responsible for the social exclusion become real," said the ecumenical organization.

Photo: Massive protest movement sweeping Brazil ( 

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