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  • Arthur Ituassu

Brazil, protest and the World Cup


A year of social turbulence preceded Brazil's hosting of football's World Cup, with the competition itself a symbolic target of many protests. What do Brazilians think now? Arthur Ituassu, in Rio, reflects.

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This World Cup definitely feels very different to its predecessors. One sign of this is the streets of Rio de Janeiro. In the past, this competition has always been a big party for we Brazilians. People painted the streets with green and yellow decorations, the country's flag was spread all over the city, and many people wore the national team's shirt. In the days before the competition, a walk in Rio revealed a completely different mood, far more subdued.

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