The other day, I hopped a metro, climbed up the stairs and thought I had traveled back to Santa Cruz. I was surrounded by tattooed, plugged, sign carrying, circle-making youth, and I felt so at home! I was in the middle of the Occupy Rio encampment in Cinelândia, near the center of the city.
For those of you who don’t know, the #occupywallstreet movement has spread even to Rio, with similar overall goals, but more specific versions of them. The encampment is similarly organized, with lots of tents, daily dialogues, and signs asking for food, directing waste, and calling for justice. Some of the complaints the movement is making are focused around the level of inequality here in Brazil, others on environmental issues, still others are directed at capitalism. Either way, it felt so great to be among activists in a country that is infamous for its inactivism and apathy.
To see more photos, check out this post on my travel blog: Occupy Rio.