The latest YouTube video from a group claiming to be Anonymous took Brazil by storm last month as the country experienced massive protests over rising public transportation, police brutality and widespread political corruption.
A masked man with a computer-generated voice appears in the video, asking that protestors unite behind causes that were slightly different from the overall scope of the protests.
He tells viewers in Portuguese that they should support these “5 causes”:
1) Oppose PEC 37, a proposed law that would give the police instead of prosecutors the power to evaluate and conduct criminal investigations.
2) The immediate resignation of Brazil’s Senate President Renan Calheiros, who previously resigned from his position because of accusations of corruption.
3) Demand that Brazil’s Federal Police and the District Attorney’s office immediately investigate irregularities related to the World Cup.
4) Demand a law that makes corruption by members of Brazil’s National Congress a heinous crime.
5) End of the “privileged forum” or courts for politicians because it violates the 5th article of the Brazilian, which states that “all are equal under the law, without distinction of any nature whatsoever.”
Since the Anonymous video went viral with more than a million views on YouTube last month, Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff and the National Congress have supported two of the five demands, including a law that would make corruption a heinous crime and dropping the law that would expand police powers. However, many from both sides of the political spectrum criticized the video for its “cheap populism” and its lack of concrete goals. One blogger sympathetic to the protesters wrote: “Tellingly, none of the ‘five causes’ makes one cent of difference for someone on minimum wage.”
The Los Angeles Times tracked down the man who reportedly made the video, and he told them that he came up with the list by himself early one morning and attributed Anonymous to the video despite not being part of the group. An administrator for Anonymous Brazil told the Times that they had nothing to do with the creator of the “5 Causes” video and said that because of Anonymous’ nature, nothing could be considered “official, genuine or original.”
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