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Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - As the World Cup approaches, there have been two unexpected developments. One is an almost total absence of general protests such as those of a year ago; the other is a sudden rise in the number of strikes, and in particular the so-called “wildcat” strikes — work stoppages that are not sanctioned by the local labor unions.

Why are these wildcat strikes happening? Why did Cariocas suffer through a one-day wildcat . . .

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