After a week of unrest, Brazil’s President, Dilma Rousseff, took to the airwaves last Friday in an address where she stated support for the demonstrations as a means to dialogue and as an example of democracy in Brazil. Though the address was relatively brief (~10 minutes), she acknowledged the need to continue to address educational, socioeconomic, and regional problems, making clear her awareness of and apparently-sincere understanding of the people’s complaints (something Turkey’s Erdogan has yet to do). And yesterday, she again made clear her willingness to engage in dialogue with demonstrators, as she met with leaders from the Free Fare Movement [MPL] in the presidential building in Brasília. Though the MPL participants walked out saying protests would continue until concrete gains were made, the meetings themselves did not appear to be particularly antagonistic, but instead a real and genuine dialogue (again, distinguishing Brazil from what is going on in Turkey).
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