Instagrammers Capture Pope Francis’s Visit to Brazil
Want to see more real-time photos and videos of World Youth Day? Be sure to visit the #jmjrio2013 and #papafrancisco hashtags.
On Monday, Pope Francis arrived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and kicked off his six-day stay in the country for World Youth Day (#WYD), a major Roman Catholic youth festival. More than 1.5 million pilgrims from around the world are expected to make the trip to Rio for the event and a chance to see the pontiff in person. Despite recent protests and tensions in Brazil, Pope Francis will not use his traditional popemobile (#papamovel). As a sign of eased concern and in attempt to be closer to his constituents, he will instead employ two open jeeps.
World Youth Day will have five main events spread across a few key locations. Be sure to visit the location pages below to follow the festivities in real time on Instagram:
Is it vandalism to confront a barrier? But what’s the point to demonstrate so far away from the stadium?
It was another day to wear green and yellow t-shirts in the streets of Brazil, but for very different reasons.
For some, the national colors were to root for the home team. For others, the shirts were to demand for political and social changes and to face theviolence of military police.
On the same day that Brazil’s national football team secured a place in the Confederations Cup final, protests occurred in at least 18 cities [pt] on Wednesday, 26 June. Outside the Mineirão Stadium in Belo Horizonte city, where Brazil beat Uruguay 2-1, nearly 40,000 [pt] gathered for a protest organized by the Comitê Popular dos Atingidos pela Copa (Popular Committee for People Affected by the Cup), known asCOPAC, and joined [pt] by other social movements such as the Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (Landless Worker Movement) and the Movimento Atingidos por Barragens (People Affected by the Dam Movement).
So in case you haven’t heard about it yet, there is a dam project, the Belo Monte project, with public and private investments and endorsement, and approved by the brazilian president Dilma Rousseff. This dam will be built to use the waters of the Xingu River that crosses the Amazon forest, brazilian territory. At the banks of this river many families live and take their subsistence from fishing and pluvial transportation. But more than that, the river is part of their memories, affection, their daily horizon, and their lands there are part of them too. The brazilian government plans to evict those families, pay them some compensation amount and send them to other places, to rebuild their lives. Political groups, artists, parties and NGO’s are raising awareness about the final approval of this project, to halt it completely, and let the Xingu River populations live the lives they love. I completely support the cause.
I sure hope you are seeing a bunch of stuff about Brazil, either on Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook or TV. But I need you to understand what is going on. What’s truly going on around here. So I prepared this masterpost, a list of links that should explain this to you!
So foreigners may understand it better. Great piece.