Brazil World Cup website hacked as massive protests continue

For backstory and context, see this and this.

Today’s posts these two stories:

Brazil World Cup Website Hacked: Activists Replace 2014 FIFA World Cup Website With Protest Footage

On June 17, the Brazilian World Cup website was hacked by activists who were looking to shed light on the events occurring in Brazil. Demonstrations and protests in Brazil have been held since June 6, in response to ongoing corruption and the raising of public transportation fare from BRL 3.00 to BRL 3.20. Grievances the protesters hold also include the outrage over the ballooning government spending in the construction and preparation of facilities for the World Cup and the future Olympics.

Photo: Wayback Machine The original Brazil World Cup website before it was hacked by activists.

In the original website’s place, hackers embedded a YouTube video that shows several videos of protesters calmly walking from placards, eventually being confronted by a line of riot police behind riot shields. Throughout all of this the protesters are shouting “Sem violencia!” — which means “Without violence!” in English.

Photo: YouTube Video that replaced the Brazil World Cup website after it was hacked by activists.

Brazil Bedlam: Largest-in-decades protests sweep the country

Mass protests continued throughout Brazil on Monday, with hundreds of thousands of demonstrators converging in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, the capital of Brasilia and other cities. Protests initially began last week following a government announcement of an increase in public transportation costs, which brought out students and young workers and led to more than 250 arrests. READ MORE:

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