Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Brazil's largest cities this week in an effort to bring attention to poor public services, government corruption, and police violence. According to Digg social media editor Veronica de Souza, the accompanying text on this breathtaking Vine reads, "Meanwhile this, on the main street of the cultural capital of the country." It was originally shared by Twitter user @RioGringa, who has since told The Wall Street Journal how the social media response to his Vine video was "awesome."
Brazilian police are using a variety of tactics to control the crowds. One particularly noteworthy photo, from the AP, shows a helmeted officer spraying a stream of what appears to be pepper spray directly into the face of a woman in a green dress.
In No Olho Do Furacão (In the Eye of the Storm), photojournalist Michael De Souza straps a video camera on top of his still camera for a compelling point of view from the middle of the protests. "During the protests this week in Rio de Janeiro and Brazil, I filmed myself photographing the riots," he writes in a description on the video. "It is a video that shows moments before each photograph was taken. I think it also tells the story of something that seems to be marking our country."
"O Brasil acordou!" Shot from within the depths of a crowd, with homemade signs and Guy Fawkes masks everywhere, this Vine captures the protesters mid-song, singing "Brazil is awake!"
While some civilians have faced allegations of violence, most claim to be strongly against it. Photojournalist Cadu Santos illuminates this reality with an image that reads: "No to violence."
The same photographer from above, Cadu Santos, also captures those who chose to sit back and watch the chaos consume their country.
Bedlam in Brazil isn't contained to just one region. Twitter user @SahRuas has compiled the following images of different cities in Brazil, all of which put into perspective the sky-high number of human traffic jams that have been flooding the streets of the country for days now. This collage of images has also helped the now-trending hashtag "#TodosUnidosPorUmBrasilMelhor" gain popularity.
This video, posted by YouTube user and protest witness Gabriel C. Duarte, shows that the massive riots in Brazil have moved indoors, too. This video was taped inside a subway/train station, and if you listen closely, you can hear the people in the video singing the Hino Nacional Brasileiro (The Brazilian national anthem).
Similarly, you can hear the protesters in this video signing the Hino Nacional Brasileiro loudly (but not so clearly). The video taper, Thiago de Andrade, shows his Brazilian pride by starting singing along, too, while filming the action.