Rio march pics, via Patrick Bond

Wednesday 20 June was a critical day to protest the Green Economy orientation of the United Nations Environment Program, the Rio+20 farce and the Brazilian government’s hostility to nature and people.


It wasn’t an easy day because by mistake, someone ordered clouds, occasional showers and a steady drizzle to dampen the mood…

… but around 50,000 turned out anyhow…

… and some found ways to stay dry…

… even the World Wide Fund for Nature’s leadership came…

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ne of the most hated targets, was Brazilian President Dilma and her chainsaw…

… and there were clear messages

everywhere…

… such as, we need financing of food not bombs (those are pita bread decorations on that tank)…

… and other guerrilla theatre…

… and most strikingly, a gigantic flag filled a half-city block, and people danced

… the women’s contingents were impressive…

… along with a few others from Africa…

… students were strong…

… recyclers…

… trade unions, including academics on strike (greve)…

… and in greatest numbers, bringing up the rear were the red-flag-waving Movement of Landless Workers…

… at last, the end, at the Rio Municipal Theatre, one of the city’s most opulent buildings…

… overall, comparing to Joburg anti-W$$D (World Summit on Sustainable Development) in 2002, this march was bigger, more boisterous, more creative, a bit less focused, but certainly sending the signal that there is a huge anti-corporate activist contingent available to turn back that toxic tide of neoliberalized nature that the United Nations and its multinational corporate allies are pushing on the world. This amazing spirit needs to spread… everywhere, urgently.

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