The latest country making headlines for all the wrong reasons is Brazil. Increasingly violent protests have hit the streets of Brazil and look set to dog the rosy picture the government want to paint prior to the 2014 World Cup.
The country was proud to win the right to host the World Cup, the premier football competition but people in the country have many issues with the government. Protests which started for fairly inocuous reasons have quickly snowballed.
One million people marched to show their anger at perceived government corruption and sadly one person was killed. A protester died after being run over by a driver angry at their presence on the streets. The angry driver rammed his car at a group of protesters in San Paulo state killing one.
More than 80 cities are now caught up in the protests. The Brazilian government is holding emergency meetings to try and find a solution. The initial carnival atmosphere of some protests was quickly dispelled by the police response. Protesters draped in flags and wearing the now distinctive Occupy masks were accosted with tear-gas and pepper sprays by police, enraging protesters.
The protesters claim that in spite of Brazil being a rich vibrant country too many citizens do not reap the rewards. Instead it is the government that prospers. As the Brazilian goverment fails to invest in public services it is spending $15 billion to stage the 2014 World Cup. For protesters this is a cost too far when the government cannot help its people at home.
With the situation volatile we will report on events as they happen. For now the final words go to Sky News:
Sky's Jason Farrell said anger has now turned to a perceived lack of investment in public services, as well as the $15 billion cost of hosting next year's football World Cup."On the face of it, Brazil has it all: a growing economy, a World Cup and the 2016 Olympics to look forward to," he said. "But protesters say a corrupt government is damaging the lives of working people while squandering money on showcase stadiums. "With riots breaking out in cities across the country, the world is now watching Brazil and wondering how it will cope with the pressures of hosting two of the world's biggest sporting events."