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.
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