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June 28 2013

Brazil uprising points to rise of leaderless networks


BRAZILIANS are calling the protests sweeping through their country the Salad Uprising after police began arresting people carrying vinegar as a remedy for tear gas. The name could be more apt than protesters realise: uprisings of this sort could also have food links. But they spread like a disease.

Brazil's uprising came "totally out of the blue", says Marcus de Aguiar at the University of Campinas in São Paulo, Brazil. "We never had anything like this before." It began when police responded violently to protests over a 6 per cent hike in bus fares in São Paulo. But the uprising continued even after the fare increase was rescinded.

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