Brazil's Political Protests - Larry Rohter

  • Aired:  06/25/13
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Author Larry Rohter talks about Brazil's growing middle class and the 10-cent bus fare increase that prompted multicity riots. (3:21)

MOVE THAT WELL.

WELL, FOLKS, IF ESTEBAN CAN'T

HELP US UNDERSTAND THE SITUATION

IN BRAZIL, I GUESS I'LL JUST

HAVE TO SETTLE FOR AN EXPERT WHO

UNDERSTANDS THE SITUATION IN

BRAZIL.

PLEASE WELCOME THE FORMER BRAZIL

BUREAU CHIEF FROM THE "NEW YORK

TIMES" AND AUTHOR OF "BRAZIL ON

THE RISE," LARRY ROHTER.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. ROHTER.

THANKS FOR BEING HERE.

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

HERE'S THE BOOK.

HERE YOU GO.

BRAZIL ON THE RISE.

OKAY.

SIR, HOW DID THIS START?

Y KAY.

YOU'VE GOT RIOTS IN THE STREET.

YOU HAVE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS

OF PEEL, MILLIONS ON SOME DAYS.

WHAT IS IT?

DID THEY GET UPSET BY

CORRUPTION?

WAS THERE A KILLING?

DID THEY GIVE ALL THE AMAZON

AWAY TO MacDONALD'S FOR

BEEF?

WHAT STARTED IT?

>> CORRUPTION.

AS YOU MENTIONED, THE MONEY

BEING SPENT ON THE WORLD CUP AND

THE OLYMPICS.

THE FEELING THAT A GOOD CHUNK OF

THAT MONEY IS GOING TO GO INTO

THE HANDS OF, YOU KNOW,

POLITICIANS AND, YOU KNOW,

BUSINESSMEN TAKING A CUT.

CONCERNS THAT THE MONEY THAT'S

GOING THERE IS MONEY BETTER

SPENT ON HEALTH CARE, EDUCATION,

PUBLIC SECURITY.

>> Stephen: SO THEY'RE ASKING

FOR GOVERNMENT HANDOUTS?

OKAY.

GIMME, WELCOME TO OBAMA'S LATIN

AMERICA.

WHAT WAS THE TRIGGERING POINT?

WHAT STARTED THIS.

>> THE TRIGGER WAS SOMETHING

PRETTY INNOCUOUS REALLY, A

TEN-CENT INCREASE IN BUS FARES.

>> Stephen: WHAT?

A TEN-CENT INCREASE IN BUS

FARES.

>> Stephen: PEOPLE TOOK TO THE

STREETS FOR A TEN-CENT INCREASE

IN BUS FARE?

HOW GOOD ARE THESE BUSES?

WHAT IS THE GOVERNMENT DOING TOO

TRY TO CALM THIS DOWN?

ARE THEY SAYING WE'LL GIVE YOU

SOMETHING OR ARE THEY SAYING

PULL YOURSELVES UP BY YOUR OWN

BAT STRAPS IF THEY EVER WORE

BOOTS OR PANTS THERE?

>> THIS IS SO DIFFERENT FROM THE

ARAB SPRING OR CHINA BECAUSE YOU

HAVE A DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT

THAT'S TRYING IN ESSENCE TO STOP

THIS MOVEMENT.

THEY ARE SAYING ROLL BACK THE

BUS FARE INCREASE.

>> Stephen: WE'LL GIVE YOU YOUR

TEN CENTS BACK.

>> OKAY.

AND TODAY THE PRESIDENT SAYING,

WELL, YOU KNOW, MAYBE WE SHOULD

HAVE A PLEBISCITE TO DETERMINE

WHAT KINDS OF CHANGES IN THE

POLITICAL SYSTEM WE SHOULD MAKE.

YOU KNOW, WE NEED TO BRING THE

PEOPLE INTO THE PROCESS MORE.

>> Stephen: WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE

IN THE STREETS?

ARE THESE JUST POOR PEOPLE IN

THE STREETS?

>> NO.

THE THING ABOUT BRAZIL IS THAT

IN THE LAST TWO DECADES, THE

COUNTRY HAS GROWN ENORMOUSLY SO

THAT, YOU KNOW, THEY'VE ZOOMED

PAST ITALY, RUSSIA, INDIA, EVEN

GREAT BRITAIN, AND THEY'RE

ZEROING IN ON FRANCE.

THE SIXTH LARGEST ECONOMY IN THE

WORLD.

AND UNLIKE SOME OTHER PLACES, A

LOT OF THAT WEALTH IS NOW BEING

DISTRIBUTED AMONG PEOPLE WHO

WERE FORMERLY POOR BUT, YOU

KNOW, 50 MILLION PEOPLE HAVE

MOVED INTO THE MIDDLE CLASS.

>> DO YOU THINK WE DON'T HAVE

RYATE ONS HERE IN THE UNITED

STATES BECAUSE WE'VE GOTTEN RID

OF OUR MIDDLE CLASS?

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING

ME.

LARRY ROHTER, "BRAZIL ON THE

RISE."

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.