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By Chesney Hearst, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was booed by crowds on Saturday, June 15th as she officially opened the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brasília. This comes amidst ongoing countrywide protests against bus fare hikes and spending for international sports events, as well as Rousseff’s recent decrease in approval ratings.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and FIFA President Joseph “Sepp” Blatter Opening the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brasília, photo image recreation.

The booing began in the crowd of over 70,000 spectators during FIFA president Joseph “Sepp” Blatter’s opening remarks, in which he showed “gratitude to the Brazilian authorities, led by President Dilma Rousseff.”

The booing continued while President Rousseff made a brief statement with Blatter interjecting, “Friends of Brazilian football, where is the respect and fair play, please?”

His attempts at pacifying the crowds only seemed to intensify the booing. President Rousseff, who did not look pleased, then officially opened the games.

As the match between Brazil and Japan progressed, the hashtag #chupadilma (suck it, Dilma – free translation) began to trend worldwide on Twitter.

Elsewhere on social networking sites, other memes have started to appear. One that was posted on Facebook features a plea in English asking foreigners to not attend the 2014 FIFA World Cup. It states, in part:

“Dear Non-Brazilian Friend, Please take it seriously: Don’t Come to Brazil World Cup 2014. Our governors have wasted billions building stadiums that should cost half and won’t bring any improvements for the life quality of the population[…]”

However, President Rousseff and the PT (Workers’ Party) continue to press forward, announcing more massive investments as part of the second phase of PAC 2 (Aceleração do Crescimento 2), a program that funds public works.

The Confederations Cup will continue with games in the Brazilian cites of Brasília, Salvador, Fortaleza, Belo Horizonte and Recife. The sporting event will conclude on June 30th in Rio de Janeiro’s Maracanã stadium.

Read more (in Portuguese).

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6 COMMENTS

  1. This is not good! It is a shame that Brasilian people are suffering. I want to come to the world cup. Is it a wise move?

  2. Of course that coming to the World Cup is a wise move. As a matter of fact the Brazilian government spent a lot of money to make a good event (in spite of the corruption, embezzlement etc.). By the other side, these recent protests are necessary to demonstrate the population disapproval of the actual government projects. The finances are excellent, but the governments don’t spend the money wisely.
    I believe that these countrywide protests will calm down soon but the pressure in the government side will not, which is good to Brazil, since the politicians feel the real necessity to improve the life quality of the population, in special the education, health and security.

  3. I approve of the president Dilma boos. Even I was present in the stadium and helped booing. Macroeconomic policies of its government are misguided. She does not have the same charisma that former President Lula and certainly does not have the same prestige as well. Dilma does not like to talk to the people. She also finds that the owner of the truth, does not like to be challenged and a political leader in a democratic state of law is extremely unfavorable.

  4. Toni,

    It is wise to go to Brazil, it’s okay.
    Only the poor people in Brazil suffer. The middle class only suffers because they want everything cheap, without thinking that labor cost money.
    Yes, Dilma rousseff should listen more to the people, after all, she works for the people.
    Yes, the boos in the stadium aren’t wrong, but Brazilians should have protested long time ago before Brazil was trying to get the world cup into the country. Now the stadiums are built, being build, billions of reals are invested in infrastructure etc etc..and now you complain? This is the problem of Brazilian people. They complain, but they them self who complain have no solutions because they keep on voting for the same people in local government, state government and federal government.

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