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Renewal of Democracy in Brazil's Protests

Despite the diversity of the proposals and preferences of the groups on Brazil’s streets, it is possible to identify a common trend among all the types of protesters—the need to make the population the protagonist of public policies, and not just their adjuvant. These protests are democracy itself. All citizens, rich or poor, conservative or left, feel disenfranchised, and they do not see it as unreasonable to voice their complaints about this together. They are pushing to achieve the possibility of public deliberation on policies and a leadership that will truly pursue national development.

Introduction

In March 2013, with the government’s popularity riding high and 63% approving of President Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s prospects seemed bright both domestically and internationally.1 The occurrence of the country’s largest protests in the last 20 years in June 2013 surprised analysts abroad and even a vast number of Brazilians. The surprise indicated some alienation, but it was understandable considering that Brazil’s situation is far from hopeless despite some oscillations in economic performance, and its high potential for economic growth is recognised worldwide.

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