27 Oct 2014

Brazil: After elections, a divided country

Despite against the wishes of almost half of Brazil’s voters, President Dilma Rousseff won reelection yesterday and will lead the country for more four years. The Workers' Party (PT), her leftist party, is already leading the country for 12 years and after this coming 4 years, ex-President Lula and her sponsor, has the chance to go back to power for more 4 years.

Dilma Rousseff, 67, who was a Marxist guerrilla in the 1970’s, overcame growing dissatisfaction with the economy, poor public services and mainly, accusations of corruption committed by partners of her Party. The last scandal of corruption involves Brazil's state-owned oil giant Petrobras where close persons of her party have been incessantly accused of embezzlement.

With this result where she had 51,64% of valid votes, against her opponent Aecio Neves who had 48,36%, we see a country divided. Almost half of the country would like to see changes ahead and the other half thinks this government may continue for more four years. Rousseff will have to work hard to bring the country together and, it means, to revive growth in economy that has gone stagnant.

Investors have received this outcome with pessimism as the as stock market has been slumping today more than 7%. In the last years, inflation has been rising faster and a recession is on the spot, so her election is seen as something very bad to the market. Dilma will need to take emergencies measures to secure this tumbling economy. 

Despite all this, she shrugs off market pessimism saying that it is nothing but tantrums made by speculators. Talking about it, her foreign policy advisor Marco Aurelio Garcia said that investors should relax and "take tranquilizers", as the Economy will grow stronger than ever from the next year on.

She also pledges to deepen social benefits, which is the main reason she has gotten so many votes in the poorest states of the country. The flagship of his campaign is the “Bolsa Família programme, a sort of food stamp where people get money from the government, monthly, without needing of work. It is also one of the reasons for the “division” of the country. Half of the country believes that instead of giving money to the poor, the government should give them work, and the other half, of course, prefers to receive money without work.

However, with a country divided in two parts, she cannot radicalise in her measures to contain the drop of economy as well as to take money out from the middle class to help the ones in need. She also must rethink her help to Cuba, Venezuela and some African countries with “top secret” projects that we, Brazilians, pay and cannot know in advance why our money are being invested in these countries. Talking about it, as soon as the result came about, an excited greeting came from the Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, who said in his Twitter account: “Congratulations, Dilma, for your courage before such a devil (referring to the disputes on TV, against Aecio Neves). The Brazilian people did not fail with history. A thousand hugs from the brotherhood”.

Now, we have to wait and see what future reserve for us. The President must reunite the country urgently and it means to bring poor and riches working together for a better Brazil. The result of her work will define the next President in four years, and it’s well known that PT wants to remain in power in the next election by bringing back ex-President Lula to the presidency.

For the time being, we have two Brazil. One tired of scandals of corruption and concerned about economy and so many other problems and one Brazil that thinks corruption is less important than receiving a food stamp.

8 Oct 2014

Brazilian Election 2014: Who's the next President?

After a historical misleading by the Brazilian polling Institutes, two candidates will run for the most important job title in the country – the Presidency; they are the incumbent Dilma Rousseff (PT – Worker’s Party) and Mr. Aécio Neves (PSDB – Party of Brazilian Social Democracy). Only two days before the election, Aécio Neves was polling third and the candidate of the centrist Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB), Marina Silva, a popular former environment minister, was in second, in the first round. The final result arouse suspicion about the real intention of the polling Institutes towards the candidates.

Mr. Neves duly carried São Paulo state Brazil’s biggest, by 20 percent. This state is the richest in Brazil and ‘Paulistas’ – people who were born in the city – usually cast their votes to the candidates taking into consideration the economic situation of the country as well as corruption scandals, as a whole. The same occurs to the South and Southeast region in general. On the contrary, Ms. Rousseff got more votes in the Norht and Northeast regions where the level of education is below the standards and where the social programme “Bolsa Família”, a sort of food stamp help, is widely distributed to the poor.

As for Ms. Marina Silva, which during the political debates on TVs were fiercely attacked by Dilma Rousseff, has shown some endorsement towards Aecio Neves. Hailing from a humble background, she has   credibility among some Brazilians poor - something that the PSDB, regarded as the party of the riches, has lacked. The state she has had an expressive victory is Pernambuco, coincidently the state where ex-President Lula deemed as the “Brazilian Robin Hood” was born.

Now the battle front for the Presidency is widely open. Despite having more than eight million votes more, the President Dilma Rousseff will have to face a tough run off. With Marina’s support, Aécio Neves will feel more confident in getting votes from the ‘poor’, although he will have to work thrice more in the North and Northeast of the country.

For the economy and for the country as a whole, it would be better if Aécio won this election. The current government invested too many Brazilian money in Cuba and Venezuela, leaving aside the country’s main problems as education, health, transportation and security, for example. The candidate of PSDB is promising to invest in Brazil – something that ought to be deemed as normal in other instances – and it is what Brazilians need.

As for Dilma, her government has so many scandals of corruption, that it would be far better if she left the presidency for any other candidate but her.

On 26th October is the day that Brazilians will finally go to the polls to choose their future. There are only two options: a populist government who uses food stamp to remain in power or a government that promises change in the economy to bring the country back to growth.

We must wait and see.

3 Oct 2014

Brazil's Elections 2014

Next Sunday, 3rd October, we Brazilians, are going to the ballots to cast our votes to choose our next President, Congressmen and Senators - and I’m not excited about it.
The actual President Dilma Rousseff is the leading candidate to be the head of the country for more four years under her socialist rules. Due to this, the Brazilian financial market has been registering growing concerns about her and her party (PT) causing stocks and the Real currency to tumble.
In my viewpoint, the winner of PT administration, so far, is Cuba.
This country has been receiving billions of dollars of financial help from Brazil, even with the international embargo against Cuba. The money that could have being used internally is going away to help Castro’s family and their minions to continue their fight against the “great oppressor”. 
Marina Silva, who also comes from PT and currently is the Socialist Party's candidate, took over the top spot after the party's original candidate, Eduardo Campos died in a plane crash two months ago. She also has deep socialist ideology and is appointed as the candidate to defeat Dilma in the second round of voting. However, she has already said in case doesn’t run to the second round, she will support Dilma Rousseff and her allies in the runoff.
Dilma Rousseff, Marina Silva and Aécio Neves
The other candidate, who also has some chance to go to the second round against Dilma, is the ex-Governor of the State of Minas Gerais, Mr. Aécio Neves (PSDB). His force behind the scenes is the ex-President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, the “father” of the current Brazilian currency – “Real”. The polls have been showing him in 3rd place but he slowly is getting the numbers in his favour, as he has about 32 percent of the vote’s intention so far.

Ideologies apart, the next President will have lots of works to cope with. Violence is higher than ever, the economy is falling into recession. For ages, there’s no investment in Education, so it must be part of next President’s agenda as well. To sum up, there are so many problems to deal with, that the President will have to work hard to at least try to reduce part of them.
Unfortunately, so far, the main concern to the Brazilian media in general is if the next President is against or for the same-sex marriage, leaving aside real problems such as Education, Economy, Corruption and Health.
My hope is to see a country without corruption being part of the News on a daily basis... but I’m not sure if it is a dream or it’s something really reachable.
Whoever wins this election I would like to see a serious government, governing to the Brazilians only – and not to Cuba, Venezuela and so far.
Let’s see what is coming next.

14 Jul 2014

Germany Were Crowded World Champions - FIFA BRAZIL 2014

The Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup has come to an end. After almost two months of games, we bid farewell to the most important sport’s event on Earth, and, to our relief, almost everything went on smoothly.

If you had read my older posts, you will realise that I had lots of concerns about several problems we, Brazilians, have to undergo on a daily basis and that could affect tourists. My main concern was  related to security of the foreigners. Nevertheless, for the first time in our history, thousands of police officers patrolled the streets and the surroundings of the matches, then my predictions of a great shame we could go through, fell apart (thank God).

But let me comment about the Champion: Germany. For the fourth time, it was crowded World Champions! They beat Argentina in the last minutes of the extra time in the Maracanã Stadium, Rio the Janeiro.

Since the beginning I was prone to root for this great Team. Despite being Brazilian, and willing my country to get this tournament, I was conscious enough to see that we were not going too far. All we had was... Neymar! And, to be able to win such a Championship, we needed more than a player, that’s to say, we needed a Team. Germany has a Team.

More than playing like Champions, they performed worthily inside and out of the field and they were ‘part’ of the Brazilian people. In their stay in the State of Bahia, they donated ten thousand euros to the indigenous people of that region (the indigenous said they will buy an ambulance with this money) besides ‘distributing’ warmth friendliness and smiles wherever they went. After having trounced Brazil 1-7, they posted several respectful  messages to the Brazilian people - when they could have laughed at us!!

During the match, at no time they did trickery dribbles to humiliate our players and for sure they could score even more goals but, I believe, they did do it on purpose, to do not humiliate even more the hosts. They were professionals from the beginning to the end of this Championship!

So, there are more than one reason to like and respect this country!

To see the party, I went to the FIFA FAN FEST in São Paulo (Vale do Anhangabaú), to watch the games as well as to meet people from abroad (yeah, we Brazilians love making friends). In all those games, I could meet several Germans and to my great surprise I had no idea they are so nice (and I also had no idea that German women are so beautiful)! They are fantastic people! In reason of this, I have learnt to love this people and respect even more such a great country!

FIFA FAN FEST 2014 - São Paulo (Vale do Anhangabaú)
I hope our next Brazilian coach, look at the Deutsch Team and get some lessons. Not only how to play football with mastery and technique, but chiefly, how to be respectful, humble, focused, professional, kind-hearted and nice - all at the same time!

Against all odds, we were able to host such a big event without any problem. It was good for us; it was good for me. In reason of the amount of problems we have to face everyday in Brazil, I thought about terrible things could happen during those days. However, I am really happy that absolutely nothing serious has happened and all my predictions did not occur.

Finally, I’m proud of hosting this World Cup. I’m pleased that the tourists have got our warmth welcome. Of course, it was not perfect, and there are that ones who might have experienced bad situations, but in general, It was a terrific experience!

Thank you, guys, from all over the world, who came here to enjoy our country. You will always be welcome here.

Kudos for Germany!    

26 Jun 2014

The Military Brigade and the Dutch Band Factor 12 - Porto Alegre - Brazil

Today, I will just post a video where the Military Brigade of the state of Porto Alegre, Brazil, plays a song together with the Dutch Band ‘Factor 12’. The played song is “Aquarela do Brasil”. It was AMAZING! 

By the way, the Dutch people in this World Cup have been delighting us with their friendliness and good humour! (I can't wait to visit the Netherlands!).

See the video below:

18 Jun 2014

Brazil - World Cup 2014 - So far, So good

I’m surprised with this World Cup 2014. No..., it is not because the embarrassing result of Spain that was knocked out by Chile or because of the great football of the Netherlands, that are making Brazilians enjoy this team, but it is because everything looks that is going well. Yes, I mean..., regarding security - my main concern I had written in other posts.
No murder, no robberies.
Till now, only casual thefts and some pick-pocketing have been occurring - occurrences that I consider very positive. However, there’s an explanation for this success: in the regions of the games (stadiums, hotels, airports and other strategic places) thousands of police officers are on the streets. I had never seen so many officers patrolling on the streets as I see in these days! They are everywhere: at the corners, in the Underground Stations, near Shopping Malls, on the most visited regions, etc. Of course, it will not last forever, but at least, while the World Cup happens, tourists may have a sensation of security.

As soon as this event finishes, all will go back to its “normality”, unfortunately. But, at least for now, I’m happy that most of tourists may walk around without fear of being killed - for only a pair of trainers or a wallet.

Enjoy the party!

10 Jun 2014

World Cup 2014 - A Message for the Supporters

Only two days to the beginning of the World Cup and the Stadiums are not ready to receive supporters! I hope everything is fine for all people who go to see the matches not only in the stadiums but also everywhere throughout Brazil.

Foreigners will see that Brazilians will do everything they can to make you comfortable. Despite lots of problems I have described in my Blog, I do wish all the best to all of you - Brazilians and aliens. 

I hope it is a time for joy and fun. Hopefully crimes not occur (I mean, at least there’s no murders) and you come out of here with the feeling of satisfaction.

Please do not stack up Brazil against your country. Only have in mind that we have a culture different of yours, but all of us, including you, for sure like respect!

Best wishes.

9 Jun 2014

Strikes Ahead of the World Cup

Just less than three days to the beginning of the World Cup, the workers of Sao Paulo’s underground (metro) keep on strike. But worse than just demand better salaries and working conditions, it is seem as a political move from the opposition parties to the governor of Sao Paulo, Mr. Geraldo Alckmin. However, rather than reaching the governor, the protesters are harming the locals who need this mean of transportation to move around, as the traffic in the city is already a chaos.
The Pinheiros Station overcrowded during the strike
I hope the protesters, at least, respect the foreigners who came here to see the matches. The protesters are prejudicing the “Paulistanos” with their demands and did not obey the justice which determined then to go back to work. But, unfortunately, as it is Brazil, I would not be surprised if the main aim is exactly it: to tarnish the image of the current party that rules Sao Paulo for decades and put the President’s party to rule the state. I cannot expect too much from the federal government that raises the flag of populism as a mean of gaining votes. 

At this juncture, there are two parties struggling behind the scenes of this strike: PT (the President’s left wing party) and the PSDB (the governor’s center-leftist party) and they only have one concern: the coming election. For them, the World Cup is nothing but just a bundle of matches.

I’m sorry for you, tourists.

15 May 2014

Brazilian Anti-World Cup Demonstrations

Demonstrators in Sao Paulo
Demonstrators are protesting against the spending on the football World Cup. It’s been taking place in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Recife, Fortaleza and several other cities around the country. In the Northeast of Brazil, the State of Pernambuco, where Recife is the capital, military police are on strike and things are getting really worse. Several shops were looted.
In Sao Paulo and Rio, demonstrators are burning tyres and causing disruption during rush-hour traffic. Activists here have called a day of protests in 50 cities across Brazil.
Those protests will give an idea of the security challenges the government will face during the football tournament, which kicks off on 12 June.

The protesters say they want the government to spend billions of dollars on social projects, transport and housing, instead of the World Cup. So far, the government have spent almost twice the initial cost it said it would spend - an impressive value of 13 billion dollars!! - according to “Matriz de Responsabilidades”, a federal document which list all spending on the World Cup.

One of the most important protests in Sao Paulo took place in the city's Itaquera neighbourhood near the Arena Corinthians Stadium, which will host the tournament's opening match.

The government has been turning a blind eye to all those protests, arguing it was not related to the World Cup. "From what I've seen, these are specific claims by workers. I've seen nothing that is related to the (World) Cup," Brazilian Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo said. As usual, the government always try to play down all demonstrations agains this absurd spending.
"It will NOT have World Cup"

11 Apr 2014

World Cup 2014 - Why I'm NOT Excited About It

I’m Brazilian, thus I enjoy football.

Although the above sentence is true, it does not mean I’m excited with Brazil hosting the World Cup and it isn’t only me, but millions of Brazilians around this country. Of course, it has absolutely nothing to do with visitors who will come here to enjoy the matches; on the contrary, all of them will be very welcome. My repulse towards this event is in reason of the money that were spent by Brazilian Government to host this spectacle (I’m talking about billions of dollars) whilst this money could be well used in other Brazilian’s needs like health, public transportation, security and so far. If the government has money to spend on stadiums why hasn’t had resources to invest in its own people?

Again, I also have to speak out against corruption. 

There are stadiums that have been built up in States that have no football team!  For example, the
Stadim "Mané Garrincha" in Brasilia
renovation of the Stadium “Mané Garrincha" in Brasilia, is considered the world’s most expensive and has evidence of being overvalued, according to analysis of the Court of the Federal District. 
The contracts analysed by technicians, showed that the cost of the stadium doubled from R$ 700 million (US$350 million) in 2010 to R$ 1.4 billion (US$700 million) in 2014 apart from saying that after the World Cup, this stadium will rarely be used as Brasilia does not have a great football team. So, how can I be glad to host an event that will cost for us more than we can pay? We, Brazilians, will pay for this mess the government has been doing, for years to come..., and I’m not going to talk about several other stadiums that are being built up in other States. So, can you ever imagine the price will it cost for us? The money foreigners will bring to Brazil during this event will not be enough to pay for this; we Brazilians will have to bear the brunt of it.

Security is also a case of great concern around here. I have written a lot about this subject in my other texts but still, I believe it is a sensitive matter that must be brought back to the spot.
If you are from a Third World, you will survive here with ease since you’re accustomed to bad things. However, if you come from any other country but from Third World, you will endure hard times... I will explain below.

Perhaps you’re used to going for a walk without any fear of having a gun pointed out in your face. I also guess you go anywhere in a decent mean of public transportation. Or, if in need of some kind of help, you might enter into a Police Station in your country and is met by a polite police officer. Well... if this is your reality, do not expect the same here!
We live in fear. Bandits are spread out all over Brazil and the Brazilian law was made with the intention to protect them and not you or me or any other citizen. So there’s a high probability of you being robbed or stolen depending where you go. 

São Paulo State Military Police
In case you’re robbed or stolen, you must call 190, the number of the Military Police. In São Paulo, at least, they are quite correct and will try their best to help you. But do not expect them to be friendly at the beginning. As they are used to coping with all kinds of bandits every single day, so as soon as they arrive at the place you called them on, expect some sort of rudeness until they understand the situation and see you are not the one they will arrest. 
There is also other kind of Police (Civil Police) which is responsible for investigating crimes (they are detectives). So, the MP confronts and arrests criminals and the CP does the bureaucratic job at the Police Station besides investigating them. 

Usually, Civilian Police Officers are very rude. Most of the officers enjoy flaunting themselves in black
São Paulo State Civil Police
uniforms displaying their arsenals as if they were from SWAT, and – with rare exceptions – will treat will with disdain. This Force in Brazil as whole is very inefficient. On average, less than 40% of homicides are solved in the biggest cities (in the minor cities, this average is lower). If we consider that there are more than 50 thousands homicides per year in this country, then only 20.000 homicides are solved – apart from other crimes such as robberies, assassination attempts, etc., that have been not taken into consideration here.

What I’m picturing is the paint as a whole is our reality. Of course, it does not mean you are coming here and will be robbed. I just want you to be aware that there is a POSSIBILITY of it to occur. I hope you come here and have fun with your family and friends without any inconvenience but you must to be aware of it. Certainly during this period of celebrations will be more police officers on the streets than the usual and, maybe, crime rates will be lower but, it is an ASSUMPTION. So, you must take care of yourself.

It’s possible, as well, you try to board a train and not be able get in due to it be overcrowded, or even try to get on a bus and be not able to board due to same reason (the rush hour -05:30-09:30- is the worst time to go somewhere in the big cities). Traffic in São Paulo is so horrible that sometimes you spend 2-3 hours to drive about 10 kilometres; then, be aware of it!

A crowded station in an Underground (Subway) in SP during rush hour
Apart from all those cited problems, what have drawn us to protest on the streets were (and still are) the blatant corruption that plagues this country. At this time they, the politicians, are taking advantage of those spending on the World Cup to pocket more money from Brazilians. We do not want to jeopardise tourists; we just want to get attention of the world to our main (and hidden) problems that the World Cup will not solve – and that Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is trying to conceal – that means, our social problems. 

Next blog, I will write some tips and tricks about what to do, where to buy, and where to go when you come here. There are lots of nice things you can do here, excluding those above problems.

25 Mar 2014

Flight MH370 - Malaysia Airlines - Officially Lost...Or Not?

Everybody has been following with attention to the news about flight MH370 of Malaysia Airlines, which has vanished from radar – and from the world’s eyes – almost 20 days ago. Today, Malaysian authorities have revealed that the airplane is considered “officially lost” on the waters of the Indian Ocean, even without showing any material proof that led them to come to this conclusion. For them, the result of this belief is based on an analysis of satellite data by a British company specialised in evaluating those data. Of course, they are pundits on this subject, but haven’t exposed any evidences so far.

Then, questions come to the minds of the world on Malaysian authorities and others searchers and rescuers teams:
Are they correct?
Why there’s no concrete proof?
Are they searching a needle in a haystack and as they have no idea where the plane is, so they want to put an end to this searching?

As the authorities did not exhibit any material that matches what they have been saying, it raises more questions than answers and all kinds of conspiracy theories come to life. For example, if the airplane was hijacked, why do perpetrators did not contact anyone to do their demand s? Were the pilots to blame for the missing airplane? Were they terrorists or suicidal? Could this aircraft be somewhere, in other country, and the passengers are alive?

In my point of view, if there’s no evidence that the aircraft has fallen onto the ocean so, there’s no correct answer. It’s quite difficult to the relatives of those on board to accept easily this theory (yes, it is a theory). A British Company affirms that has plenty of satellite data to confirm it, but, even a picture of parts of the plane has not been displayed! Perhaps, on the coming days searchers will bring something to spot. However, for the time being all they did is to raise more assumptions than responses.

Being a pilot, I thought a lot about what could have happened to this Boeing 777. Of course, I have also spaced out about several theories, as lots of people did around the world. My first impression was that the airplane was hijacked and had its route diverted to a country in the Middle East, probably Syria, Libya, Lebanon or Iran to have hostages used as a bargaining counter in the future against Israel or the US. I came to this theory after seeing that two passengers on board were Iranians and both of them were using stolen passports. I’m sorry for the Iranians. Yes, I deeply sorry, but as Iran has an array of accusation for terrorism attacks around the globe, it was the first thing that came to my head.

Other several thoughts crossed my mind; all assumption, naturally. Something like that this airplane could be somewhere in China or that some mechanic or other worker from Malaysia Airlines could be involved in its disappearance. As the ELT did not emit any signal of help, and it is almost unlikely that pilots would disengage this system without a minimum of knowledge, probably, if they have something to do with airplane disappearance, someone have taught them to do so, even unconsciously of the danger it would come ahead.

Apart from those conjectures above, I still think over lots of other possibilities...

Well, but it all are nothing but presumption; my hypothesis and so, it’s useless. Nevertheless, I’m sure that a great number of people around the world thinks alike. While there’s no proof about what has happened to the airplane, in fact, it is considered a mystery.

It still must be solved.

5 Mar 2014

Rachel Sheherazade - A Journalist Under Censorship in Brazil

Rachel Sheherazade, is a beautiful, clever and bold journalist as well as a presenter of the SBT channel, a Brazilian TV, and has been  criticised almost daily by Brazilian politicians and some part of media in reason of her bold comments about corruption that has shamelessly been practised around Brazil since the Lula’s government. She describes with courage and reason what Dilma’s government has been doing “behind the scenes”, such as the manipulation of the STF (Federal Court of Justice) , how the gang of PT (the left wing party of president Dilma Rousseff) manipulates to avoid justice and get more power, how socialism has been set up in Brazil and how dictatorship has been established in this country even without most of Brazilians - and other countries - do not have noticed it.

After getting thousands of followers in his Facebook fan page, now she is under censorship - on Facebook! She had to start another page and had to write some tips to her followers teaching them how to avoid being censored in her page!

Of course, such an attitude from Facebook towards Rachel means that there’s “some” politicians, or party, behind this.

I have already written about censorship in Brazil during this ongoing government (click here to read about it), but to censor a respected journalist who expresses on TV what millions of Brazilians think and cannot speak, is too much for me! We cannot forget that this current Party (PT) also has censored one of the most important newspaper of Latin America, the Brazilian Newspaper “O Estado de São Paulo”, in reason of disclosing an operation where the son of the Senator José Sarney (the godfather of Brazil), the businessman Fernando Sarney, was under investigation due to illicit conduct in his business.

As Rachel Sheherazade says - and she is absolutely right - our country is already under a kind of dictatorship. All PT wants is power as well as to bring to Brazil socialism, and perhaps, communism.

In my point of view, Lula has the same power of persuasion as Hitler. The world think he is fantastic because he knows how to speak, how to use the correct words and how to dissimulate. Lula won several awards around the world, ranging from Universities in Europe to respectful magazines in the US. But, time will come when he and his Party will show to the world (we, part of Brazilians, know that) what he, Dilma and his minions are machinating.

For now, let’s give our support to Rachel Sheherazade.

Visit her page by clicking here.

25 Jan 2014

"Protests" Over a Wing of a Boeing!

I have already written here that I see Brazil like a jungle, for several reasons. People behave wildly, whether in protests without reasons or to show off themselves, apart from lots more situations (in politics, social services, security, etc.).

Yesterday I’ve gotten surprised when I saw an astonishing picture on newspapers, of a group of pseudo humans standing up on a wing of a Boeing 737 from GOL Airlines (flight 1371). 
A band of “protesters” disgusted with the delay of over two hours of a flight which was flying from Cuiabá (MT) bound to Sao Paulo (SP) and that had been diverted to Galeao (RJ) due to meteorological conditions, expressed their feelings of impatience forcing open the emergency door, throwing objects on the tarmac and climbing onto one of the wings!
Pseudo "protesters" showing off their stupid behaviours
According to one of the passengers of this flight, the plane was prevented from landing in Sao Paulo due to heavy rains that was pouring in that airport so they had to go to Galeao, in Rio de Janeiro. However, as they had to stay almost two hours in the airplane - and they were not allowed to get off - they tried to destroy the aircraft as a mean of “protest”.

The air carrier said that they had requested stairs to airport administration to free the passengers from the aircraft but the request was not met by airport authorities, so it was not possible to allow the passengers get off.

So, to sum up... Am I wrong in saying that Brazil is a jungle? There is only one word to describe such behaviours: stupidity! What will happen to those passengers? Of course, nothing! Here is Brazil! If it had happened in a 1st World country, for sure they would be part of a “non fly list” passengers, nonetheless, as it has happened in a jungle where any kind of crime or stupid behaviour is allowed and deemed as “freedom of expression”, they will brag about this “protest” and be considered heroes for some ones.

Welcome to the jungle (again)!