Goooooaaaalllll!!!!!! This is the popular phrase that people hear all over the world and equate with the World Cup. Excited fans cheer and scream to support their country. Everywhere you turn, people are wearing their favorite soccer teams’ jersey. The crowd goes wild. However, not everyone is so excited by the presence of the World Cup. The World Cup is held in Brazil. The Brazilian government spent $11 billion to host this famous event. There are citizens of Brazil who are angry that their government spent $11 billion on hosting instead of spending that money on hospitals, schools, increasing minimum wage and low income housing. The construction of the stadium for the games have led to a dramatic increase in the rent. Protestors have staged strikes all over Brazil to bring awareness to the problems the country is facing and ignoring. The protestors have decided to use the popularity of the World Cup and the media attention to create a platform for their grievances by inciting awareness. During these protests, the police have used methods such as tear gas to restrain the crowd. Some of the strikes have become violent, while some demonstrations have been peaceful. Some people feel that Brazil should be focusing more on their people and the problems occurring within, than to spend billions of dollars on an event that does not benefit its people. One of the protests occurred after the game between England and Uruguay. The protestors vandalized cars and banks. Some were smashing windows and setting fires. In response, the police used tear gas.
Do you think that the popularity of the World Cup will benefit the citizens of Brazil? Do you think there is an economic benefit to hosting the games? Do you think that the government should have spent billions of dollars to host the event? Do you think that Brazil could have spent that money on the needs of their people?