#AceWorldNews – BRAZIL (Sao Paulo) – July 04 – Police in Brazil say they have arrested 11 people and broken up an international gang that was involved in the illegal sale of World Cup tickets.
The scheme is said to have earned the gang as much as $90m (£52m) per tournament and could have been operating for four World Cups.
Some of the tickets seized were meant for sponsors, while others had been allocated to Brazil team officials.
Police believe some of the tickets were sold to foreign tourists.
BBC News International
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#AceNewsServices – BRAZIL – May 16 – As the World Cup in Brazil draws closer the clashes between police and protesters intensify. Further outbreaks of this type are now steadily becoming an everyday occurrence, in the Brazilian cities of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
The country is in the grip of unrest with teachers, civil servants, police officers, bus drivers and the homeless furious at the cost of hosting the upcoming football World Cup.
Demonstrators are demanding housing not stadiums.
As recently reported this is giving the activists and protesters a bandwagon to climb onto in the vain hope that their demands maybe heard. Though as we all no so well, building housing costs the Brazilian government money, but putting on a show such as the ` World Cup ‘ will provide a money spinning way to not just fill the coffer’s but also provide officials with the type of kudos, that will not do their election chances any harm.
Ace News Report – Brazil – 16/05/14
#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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#AceWorldNews says according to the UN the Brazilian authorities need to give further priority to the poorest and most marginalized, to ensure that inequalities in the country are progressively eliminated and all receive access to sanitation and water, an independent United Nations human rights expert today urged.
Wrapping up her first official mission to Brazil, the UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, Catarina de Albuquerque, said that Brazil was a “country of contrasts.”
“I was shocked by the misery I saw and by the lack of access to sanitation and water by significant portions of the population. These are fundamentally people living in favelas or in rural areas,” said Ms. De Albuquerque.
“Even though I acknowledge progress in this regard, the truth is that still millions of Brazilians live in deplorable conditions where access to sanitation and water is still only a distant dream,” she added.
Brazil recently adopted ‘Plan Sab’, a National Water and Sanitation Plan with $150 billion allocated from the federal budget to the sector in the coming two decades.
The Special Rapporteur called the document “excellent” and said she was “very positively impressed” by the allocation.
“Despite the positive examples of social participation in some social programmes, and government institutions, I was especially touched by my interaction with many Brazilians, who repeatedly – in the different regions I visited – told me that they still felt invisible and forgotten by public powers.”
In the area of sanitation, the expert explained, “the low coverage does not match the advances of modern Brazil, where 52 per cent of the Brazilian population still does not have sewage collection, and only 38 per cent of the sewage generated is treated.”
“The fact that Brazil still has almost 8 million people defecating daily in the open is unacceptable and an affront to human dignity,” Ms. de Albuquerque stressed. This lack of access to sanitation is particularly serious in the North, where less than 10 per cent of the population has sewage collection.
During her fact-finding mission to Brasília, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Fortaleza and Belém do Pará, the Special Rapporteur also received numerous complaints of people suffering from diarrhoea and other water and sanitation-borne diseases due to the bad quality of water.
She will present a comprehensive report to a forthcoming session of the UN Human Rights Council, which will include her final findings and recommendations to the Government of Brazil.
Independent experts, or special rapporteurs, are appointed by the Geneva-based Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not United Nations staff, nor are they paid for their work.