7:09 pm, May 20th, 2014
This graffiti work in Rio de Janiero is going viral right now, and it packs a pretty powerful statement. There’s really no more effective way to relate the anger that some Brazilian people feel over the fact that the government is spending millions on World Cup and Olympic preparations, while the majority of the nation lives in poverty.
You’ve no doubt read about the violent protests in major Brazilian cities, and the cost overruns and alleged corruption associated with stadium construction. But there are more problems turning up every day. Here’s a slideshow of what’s been going wrong lately.
1.Homeless Familes Have Taken Over Stadium Land
In Sao Paulo, the Homeless Worker's Movement -- an organization associated with a community of about 3,000 homeless families -- have taken over land around Arena Corinthians, one of Brazil's major World Cup stadiums. The families
commandeered the private land earlier this month, and their numbers have continued to grow, with more than 7,000 people estimated to be living there now. Many of the families have been forced out of their homes by rising rent prices linked to improvements made for the World Cup, movement representative Natalia Szermeta said. ( Getty Images)
Never a good sign with the world's largest sporting event only two weeks away.
Among the latest protests to have rocked the 2014 World Cup host country is this:
An undisclosed number of federal troops on May 14 began entering Recife, the capital of the northeastern state of Pernambuco, after shops and supermarkets were ransacked overnight and some cargo trucks were stolen, according to local reports.
Here's Rio's Galeao International Airport, one of the country's major hubs where upwards of 600,000 tourists will soon arrive for the World Cup. Problem is that this airport, like many others in the Brazil, are way behind in planned construction and renovation.
Brazil's Civil Aviation Minister, Wellington Moreira Franco,
told the Associated Press that all "major" projects will be completed on time. Meaning that much of the renovation will not be complete until after the Cup.
4.Their App Doesn't Work
In an effort to control their rights in social media (a prospect not unlike herding mice), FIFA has a World Cup app ready to go. Well, not READY to go, actually.
The app has been plagued by performance issues that have caused it to crash repeatedly. For example, the app randomly crashes when users are navigating content and occasionally fails to load news content. Software performance business Compuware, which revealed the bugs following an analysis of the app, says problems will persist if FIFA does not act now to bolster its performance.