#AceNewsServices says Mall rats: Brazilian flash mob forces closure of luxury shopping center
Edited time: January 21, 2014 13:00
The latest protest of the kind led to a shutdown of one of the Rio de Janeiro’s upmarket malls.
Nine thousand people joined the Facebook page of the flash mob. According to the report by local media outlet Terra, the social network deleted the event when it had over 500 people confirmed.
However, only a few dozen took part in the flash mob. The participants held a barbecue outside the mall, set up speakers and danced to the music. One of the protesters was dressed as Batman, and another one as the Joker.
Shopping Leblon, the mall that was shut down, is a center that consists of 200 luxurious boutiques, restaurants and cinemas.
The owners tried to ban the event, fearing violence, but failed. Instead, they closed the mall and left notices on the doors of the mall in Portuguese and English that read, “To ensure the safety and wellbeing of all customers, tenants and employees, Shopping Leblon informs that the center will be exceptionally closed today, 19 January.”
“Looks like we’re bums who want to break the mall,” Fábio Fleck, one of the organizers, told Terra TV. “It is disappointing that we have more police than protesters. We’re not even a movement, just a group of people who met through Facebook.”
President Dilma Rousseff actually organized a meeting of top aides to form a response to the flash mob activity.
It’s not by any means the first time a mall has been targeted. Over the past months, almost a dozen shopping centers were chosen as the place for rolezhinhos. The main features of the activity is that black, poor youths gather in the place that’s usually considered a place for rich, white customers.
The first rolezinho happened at Shopping Itaquera in the suburbs of São Paulo last month. It was staged by fans of Funk Ostentação, a music style that appeared in poor favelas that is about showing off one’s money, flashy cars and expensive drinks.
The phenomenon has many sides to it. On one hand, the teenagers do what normal youths would in a huge shopping center: they hang out and have fun. On the other, the activity has been boosted by police presence, social media coverage. In one case, there were 6,000 people participating.
Plus, despite Brazilians being able to purchase more and more goods and becoming better-off, the country’s general population remains angry at the inequality.
“People in favelas usually only enter malls to work in the shops. The customers are almost all rich, white people,” Hanier Ferrer, a 23-year-old student, told The Guardian.
“The people from the favelas and the periphery want to prove they are just like everyone else. They want a rethink of social relations.”
A man wears a horse mask as he waits outside Leblon shopping mall, where a massive gathering called “rolezinho” was called, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on January 19, 2014 (AFP Photo / Yasuyshi Chiba)
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#AceSecurityNews says UN human rights committee unanimously passed a ‘right to privacy‘ resolution sponsored by Germany and Brazil that protects the right to privacy against illegal surveillance, following revelations about NSA spying.
The resolution states that surveillance and data interception by governments and companies “may violate or abuse human rights.”
This is the first document that establishes protection of human rights in the digital sphere, Brazil’s Ambassador Antonio de Aguiar Patriota told the AP. It “establishes for the first time that human rights should prevail irrespective of the medium, and therefore need to be protected online and offline,” Patriota said.
The resolution is concerned with the “the negative impact” that surveillance, “in particular when carried out on a mass scale, may have on the exercise and enjoyment of human rights.”
German Ambassador Peter Wittig added, “Is the human right to privacy still protected in our digital world? And should everything that is technologically feasible, be allowed?”
France, Russia and North Korea were among the 55 countries that co-sponsored the resolution that only made indirect references to US global spying techniques.
The fact that the resolution was unanimously passed by the committee seems to guarantee that it will get the votes of all 193 members of the General Assembly in December. Although the resolution will not be legally binding, it will have some political weight.
The US did not go against the measure, though it did lobby the ‘Five-Eyes’ intelligence sharing alliance of UK, Britain, Australia and New Zealand to water down the language of the resolution. By the end of the day, language stating that foreign spying would be a rights violation was weakened, according to AFP.
#Human Rights Watch specialist Philippe Bolopion lamented that the language had been watered down. But, Bolopion still believes that it was “a vital first step toward stigmatizing indiscriminate global surveillance.”
Brazil and Germany introduced to the UN General Assembly their draft resolution in early November, calling for internationally recognized rights to privacy. The document further urged an end to global electronic espionage and the extension of internet freedom.
The resolution comes amid international scandal over #NSA spying over much of the world’s population and eavesdropping on a number of foreign leaders, including Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
NSA spying revealed by former intelligence contractor #Edward-Snowden revealed that Washington has spied on at least 35 world leaders besides the exposed the mass surveillance against private citizens and business.
According to Snowden’s leak intelligence agencies from all signatories of the ‘Five Eyes’ agreement – the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand – collaborated with the #NSA
Since Snowden’s leaks surfaced in June, protests demanding more privacy protections have emerged in countries around the globe, with thousands of people worldwide having joined in recent Million Mask March rallies organized by the amorphous Anonymous movement.
- UN adopts Brazil’s anti-spying resolution (thebricspost.com)
- UN gives green light to Internet privacy resolution (giftoftruth.wordpress.com)
- UN Gives Green Light To Internet Privacy Resolution – 27 November 2013 (lucas2012infos.wordpress.com)
- United Nations gives green light to internet privacy resolution (activistposter.wordpress.com)
- UN rights committee adopts anti-spying resolution (indiavision.com)
- United Nations gives green light to internet privacy resolution (aconservativeedge.wordpress.com)
The President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff announces publicly the creation of a world internet system INDEPENDENT from US and Britain ( the “US-centric internet”).
Not many understand that, while the immediate trigger for the decision (coupled with the cancellation of a summit with the US president) was the revelations on NSA spying, the reason why Rousseff can take such a historic step is that the alternative infrastructure: The BRICS cablefrom Vladivostock, Russia to Shantou, China to Chennai, India to Cape Town, South Africa to Fortaleza, Brazil, is being built and it’s, actually, in its final phase of implementation.
No amount of provocation and attempted “Springs” destabilizations and Color Revolution in the Middle East, Russia or Brazil can stop this process. The huge submerged part of the BRICS plan is not yet known by the broader public.
Nonetheless it is very real and extremely effective. So real that international investors are now jumping with both feet on this unprecedented real economy opportunity. The change… has already happened.
Brazil plans to divorce itself from the U.S.-centric Internet over Washington’s widespread online spying, a move that many experts fear will be a potentially dangerous first step toward politically fracturing a global network built with minimal interference by governments.
President Dilma Rousseff has ordered a series of measures aimed at greater Brazilian online independence and security following revelations that the U.S. National Security Agency intercepted her communications, hacked into the state-owned Petrobras oil company’s network and spied on Brazilians who entrusted their personal data to U.S. tech companies such as Facebook and Google.
BRICS Cable… a 34 000 km, 2 fibre pair, 12.8 Tbit/s capacity, fibre optic cable system
- For any global investor, there is no crisis – there is plenty of growth. It’s just not in the old world
- BRICS is ~45% of the world’s population and ~25% of the world’s GDP
- BRICS together create an economy the size of Italy every year… that’s the 8th largest economy in the world
- The BRICS presents profound opportunities in global geopolitics and commerce
- Links Russia, China, India, South Africa, Brazil – the BRICS economies – and the United States.
- Interconnect with regional and other continental cable systems in Asia, Africa and South America for improved global coverage
- Immediate access to 21 African countries and give those African countries access to the BRICS economies.
- Projected ready for service date is mid to second half of 2015.
- Brazil to press for local Internet data storage after NSA spying (rt.com)
- Xi discusses BRICS, trade with Brazil VP (thebricspost.com)
- Brazil, Russia, India and China forming new Internet to avoid NSA spying… (bluegrasspundit.com)
- BRICS Think Tanks Council reviews long-term strategy (thebricspost.com)
- Tech majors’ charm offensive to stall Brazil’s ‘Internet Constitution’ (thehindu.com)
- BRICS Countries Build New Internet to Avoid NSA Spying (fromthetrenchesworldreport.com)
- NSA Spying by Obama Killing California High Tech Industry-Another Industry Dying Because of Barack (capoliticalnews.com)
- BRICS countries are building a “new Internet” hidden from NSA (voiceofrussia.com)
- Andy Patrizio – BRIC Nations Plan Their own “Independent Internet” (prn.fm)
- BRICS plan for alternate internet by 2015 draws enthusiastic response (indrus.in)