In Brazil’s largest city, with bus drivers on strike, insanity ensues on the subway

May 21

 

CAOS NO METRO. … In Portuguese, it means, CHAOS IN THE SUBWAY.

In Brazil’s biggest city, Sao Paulo, where bus drivers have walked off their jobs, “chaos” doesn’t begin to describe what’s happening in the underground transit system, which is mobbed today with people who normally ride buses.

Actually, “mobbed” doesn’t fully convey what’s going on there, either, as this video from the newspaper Folha de S.Paulo shows. Sao Paulo’s subway is among the busiest in South America. Next time you’re feeling hassled in a rush-hour crowd at Metro Center, just think of your commuter-cousins way to the south. You might feel better.

The country is set to host the 2014 World Cup soccer tournament, from June 12 to July 13, and Sao Paulo is one of more than a dozen cities in Brazil where matches are to be held. The government has spent vast sums of money getting ready for the most popular sporting event in the world. In recent days, violent demonstrations and labor unrest have broken out, with protesters complaining that some of the resources devoted to the tournament would have been better invested in aiding workers and the poor.

Among others, bus drivers, teachers, even some police officers have gone on strike.

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