The People’s Revolt Challenging 2014 World Cup
Posted on May 22, 2014
In his new book, “Brazil’s Dance With the Devil: The World Cup, The Olympics and the Fight for Democracy,” sportswriter Dave Zirin tackles the growing unrest in Brazil in which thousands of police officers have joined bus drivers for day two of a massive strike in São Paulo, just weeks before the World Cup—one of the sports world’s biggest spectacles—is set to begin.
“Democracy Now!” reports Thursday:
Meanwhile, more than ten thousand people have occupied a lot next to one of the arenas that will host the World Cup’s opening match. They call their protest, “The People’s Cup” and are opposing the nearly half a billion dollars spent on the stadium, even as their communities lack adequate hospitals and schools. Demonstrations throughout the country have called attention to similar concerns. Zirin joins us to discuss the protests rocking Brazil, as well as the biggest sporting controversy in the United States — the NBA’s attempt to oust owner Donald Sterling over his racist comments about African Americans. Zirin is a sports columnist for The Nation magazine and host of Edge of Sports Radio on Sirius/XM.
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.