Brazilian’s Demonstration @ Trafalgar Square

6月初旬、公共交通料金値上げに端を発し、全土に広がったブラジルのデモ(詳細)、2週間以上経った今でも、汚職撲滅、公共サービスの向上、お金のかかりすぎるW杯反対など、社会のあらゆる不満が噴出し、収まる気配を見せない。

先週17日、たまたまトラファルガー広場を通りかかったら、叫び声や音楽やら何やら騒がしいので、野次馬根性で見に行ってみたら、ブラジルの国旗だらけ。最初コンフェデ杯の応援かと思ったら、どうやら母国のデモに呼応し、ロンドンでも抗議に集まったようだ。でも、ラテン気質のブラジル人、本人たちはいたって真剣なんだろうけど、笑顔で記念撮影したりお喋りに花を咲かせたり、イギリスの真面目顔の参加者がひたすら叫ぶデモと違い、どこか楽しそう。ブラジルに行ったことがないので、これほどの人数のブラジル人が勢ぞろいするのを見るのは初めて。ちなみにWikipediaによると、2007年の統計ではロンドンには違法合法合わせて13〜16万人以上のブラジル人が住んでおり、主に清掃業、ホテル、宅配便やデリバリー、建設業に従事しているそうだ。

Public demonstrations in Brazil has spread nationwide and has no sign of cooling down after over two weeks (wikipedia). Initially organized to protest increases in bus, train, and metro ticket prices in early June, but came to include other subjects such as corruption, crimes, poor public service such as education and public health, and high-priced World Cup and Olympics.

When we were around Trafalgar Square on 17th last Monday, we heard shouts and musics nearby. So we came closer to the noise, and found lots of Brazilian flags. At the beginning I thought Brazilian football fans gathered to watch the Confederations Cup game, then realised that this was a demonstration to support the protests in their home country. In compare to British demonstrations with serious looking protesters screaming and showing out angrily, Brazilian counterparts looked rather happy and enjoyed taking photos and chatting with their friends. I’ve never been to Brazil and never seen so many Brazilians together in one place! According to Wikipedia, community groups estimated in 2007 that between 130,000 and 160,000 Brazilians were likely to be living in London (I guess including both legally and illegally), and their most common jobs were involved in the cleaning industry, hotel work and catering, other services, couriers, and theconstruction industry.

 

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