Target: Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil
Goal: Immediately cease the unnecessarily violent actions of the Brazilian military and police against protesters and World Cup visitors
Brazilian military and police are in the midst of a violent crackdown on protests ahead of the 2014 Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup. In an attempt to pacify mass protests in 36 cities throughout Brazil police have used tear gas, rubber bullets and beatings against demonstrators as well as tourists caught in the crossfire. The police have injured and arrested hundreds of protesters in São Paulo alone, where the largest demonstrations occurred.
Hundreds of thousands of people have gathered in Brazil to protest massive spending ahead of this year’s World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games. According to the group Rio Community on the Olympics and World Cup Games some 170,000 of Brazil’s poorest citizens could be left homeless because of aggressive slum demolitions while thousands more, including children, have been killed in destructive shootouts between military police and crime gangs. The $59 billion stadiums and tourist buildings have taken funding away from essential services like schools and hospitals, which have become dilapidated and in some cases have even been forced to close.
Police violently arrested demonstrators and tourists in São Paulo, accusing them of terrorism. When a group of demonstrators took refuge from the violence in a hotel police entered and began firing tear gas into the lobby, disregarding the well-being of innocent bystanders. Police fired rubber bullets at close range, a practice which can be lethal, and as proceeded to threaten and beat demonstrators and hotel guests without prejudice.
Brazil’s military, police and government have forsaken their own citizens in an attempt to make the country more tourist-friendly. It is imperative that the country’s taxpayers are taken care of first with proper housing, access to medical care and education, and most importantly safety from violence. Demand that Brazil immediately stop the use of excessive force against its citizens and tourists and release all those arrested on false charges of terrorism.
Dear President Rousseff,
Brazilian military police have injured thousands of protestors and tourists during attempts to clear slums and disperse demonstrations ahead of the FIFA World Cup Games. They have used tear gas in confined spaces, fired rubber bullets at close range, beaten citizens, and even arrested them under false charges of terrorism.
While trying to make Brazil more tourist-friendly ahead of the World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games the government and police force have slashed essential services and subjected their own citizens to violence and even death. I demand that this destructive and unnecessary police violence be immediately stopped, and that all protestors arrested on trumped up charges of “terrorism” be immediately released without charge.
[Your Name Here]
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