2013 and 2014 were symbolic years in Brasil, it happened what we call the June Journeys, in which the country was taken by several protests triggered by the raise of the public transport’s tariff in São Paulo. The protests were so big and were spreading all around the cities in an uncontrollable speed making the agendas get confused in the crowd. Most of all, it was a mediatic war, the anger with the misappropriation of money on the World Cup and the Olympics slowly made de new watchword of the protests became ‘Against corruption’, and the movement was suddenly filled with center/right wing middle class people, a fact which the mass media used to make a clear division on the protesters: the good citizens, patriots, orderly people heroically going on the streets to protest against the corrupt government, and the black blocs, the masked vandals who were destroying the cities with their purposeless anger. This good VS bad division was reinforced by the media in their old fashioned brainwash through the term ‘vândalos mascarados’ masked vandals. The expression was used over and over and over always attached to images of random violence, robbery and assault. No need to say the horror of seeing police act as the law, and encouraged by the public opinion of the good citizens, while shooting rubber balls and gas bombs with no less responsibility and limits then ever, on students, activists, teachers, protesters, masked or not. The term vândalos mascarados became a single word with a single image of uncontrolled violence that should be simply eliminated. Suddenly these protesters became the enemy, and the big WHY they were on the streets in the first place, was subtracted from all the news.
Brasil’s actual political chaos started with this media strategy in 2013, on a daily basis violence was incited between people, and in the blink of an eye families were cracking on left and right, facebook massive unfriendings caused by divergency on opinion, people punching each other on the streets because of a red t-shirt, and the impossibility of talking politics without it ending up bitterly in the bar, were unfortunately daily news. This good citizen fighting against corruption was what unchained the 2016’s coup d'etat of former president Dilma Rousseff, and triggered a witch hunt that transformed judges into nacional heroes because of their unreasonable sentences towards leftish politicians, building more and more the idea that justice means only punishment. We are still living the consequences of 2013’s protests, and we are still unable to conjecture the complexity of events that turned the country upside down in that month.
The printed pages say:
50% discount to masked vandals