Opinion article* published in The Newcastle Herald written by Sara C. Motta, Senior Lecturer in politics at University of Newcastle.

For more than two weeks, hundreds of thousands of people have been protesting in more than 100 cities across Brazil amid incidents of police brutality and increasing governmental crisis.

The immediate spark of the protests was an increase in public transport costs in Sao Paulo. However, this was only the tip of the iceberg, beneath which lay much more deep-seated concerns about widespread corruption of politicians, parties and the media.

To add insult to injury, while the government claims that it is unable to direct more money to public services, it has spent millions in preparation for next year’s football World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.

Read the full article in The Newcastle Herald or in her Ceasefire Column ‘Brazil: Anatomy of a Crisis’ 

* Opinion pieces represent the author’s views.