Fancy that: no police, no violence

Here’s some surprising news: a pro-democracy protest yesterday in São Paulo (7 September) did not end in police aggression. This stands in contrast to the violent repression witnessed all last week against crowds of two to 30-thousand, and on Sunday against a much larger mass of 50-100 thousand, as I discussed in posts here and here, Continue reading Fancy that: no police, no violence

Paulista policing – how political?

Last Sunday’s (4 September) protest in favour of Diretas Ja! (general elections now) went better than expected with around 100,000 on the streets, before it was needlessly attacked by Military Police after the manifestation had finished. How political are the police’s actions? ‘Police tend to repress left-wing demonstrations’ is hardly a novel insight. So maybe the better question is ‘what do Continue reading Paulista policing – how political?

Repression of pro-democracy protests

My eyewitness account of police repression last night in São Paulo, originally posted at Brasil Wire. Photography is mine, with additional photo & video in a separate post. Pro-democracy protestors have demonstrated through the streets of São Paulo for four consecutive nights now. All have terminated with military police aggressively dispersing crowds numbering from the Continue reading Repression of pro-democracy protests

Get back to Cuba: Infantile Rightism and Brasil’s inverted political poles

That the political crisis in Brazil has seen a stark polarisation is no longer news. The mutual mistrust finds expression in an information war as well as in political struggle over the institutions of democracy. But that does not mean Left and Right are mere mirror images of each other. The Right now exemplifies the Continue reading Get back to Cuba: Infantile Rightism and Brasil’s inverted political poles