With the abundance of occurring conflicts and events surrounding the people of the United States, it is difficult to acknowledge current conflicts at a global scale. The rest of the world continues to experience their own battles. In Brazil, they’re struggling to fight the corruption and destruction of their present government.

 

 

Brazil is home to around 200 million individuals — bigger than the UK, France, and Germany combined. It is the world’s seventh largest economy that’s highly diverse, ethnically and economically, and the people experience large gaps between the rich and the poor. These economic classes also have significant racial and political lines, with the wealthy — residing mostly in cities — being of caucasian descent with highly conservative values. Demographics who lie below the poverty line in Brazil tend to be of Native or African descent and show more liberal beliefs. From 1964 to 1985, they were ruled by a military dictatorship that was essentially entirely penetrated by bribery and corruption. Brazil eventually eased out from a military dictatorship to a Democracy by 1989.

 

(IB Times)

(IB Times)

Brazil seems overall economically and politically experienced even with a government that is only roughly 30 years old. Considering this, the country has been very successful in their development, until a few years ago. Petrobras, Brazil’s government-owned oil company, is the culprit of one of the largest bribery scandals in history and has plummeted the country into a horrible recession. A former director of Petrobras, Paulo Roberto Costa, led other government-appointed directors into a graft corruption, diverting funds worth around 3 percent of contracts to the leftist Worker’s Party and its coalition partners.

 

Most of the population is poised against the government because of this economic recession, causing a huge partisan divide. Two-thirds of the country want the current President of Brazil impeached.

 

The Washington Post describes it as:

“Both sides, it seems, have their own fears for the country’s future and their own versions of reality. The polarization between mortadelas and coxinhas has gotten so bad that you can’t even take your dog for a walk without hearing cries of “Fora Dilma!” (“Out with Dilma!”) or “Não vai ter golpe” (“There will be no coup”). In fact, a dog was attacked last week in Rio de Janeiro for wearing a red bandanna.”

 

Overall, the scandal can be seen as an opportunity for Brazil to develop as a country with the citizens holding the government accountable. But the problem for power needs to end for the country, and leaders have to begin to lead.

 

How do you feel about the current situation of Brazil’s government? Leave a comment below or tweet me @julimiller97