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Brazil braces for social justice protests ahead of World Cup soccer tournament listen

06/11/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Brazil, World Cup, neoliberalism, Dave Zirin, Sports


The most popular sport in the world begins its most important international tournament this month when Brazil hosts the World Cup. But it's not going to only be celebrations of the beautiful game -- social justice protests are sure to continue.

WMNF interviewed Dave Zirin, sports editor of The Nation, about his new book: [Brazil's Dance With the Devil: The World Cup, the Olympics, and the Fight for Democracy](

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Brazilians in Sarasota protest government corruption in their home country listen

07/02/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Protests over government corruption and poor social services in Brazil have slowed down, but a group of native Brazilians in Sarasota is just getting started. Nearly 50 people protested systemic problems in the South American nation at the famous kissing statue on Sarasota’s waterfront Monday night despite unrelenting rain.

“We want less money for soccer stadiums and airports for the World Cup and more money for what people need which is health, education, housing, a lot of things t...

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Sarasota demonstration to support mass protests in Brazil listen

06/28/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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This month hundreds of demonstrations across Brazil have attracted more than a million people protesting prices, government corruption and waste.

On Monday July 1 Brazilian ex-pats are holding their own demonstration in Sarasota to support the protesters and strikers.

It's at 6 p.m. at the corner of U.S. 41 and Gulfstream Ave.

We interviewed one of the organizers, Mica Martinelli.

"The protests starting in Brazil after...

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