We could not fail to mention the story of Mikkel Jensen, the Danish journalist who wanted to cover the World Cup in Brazil, the “country of the football(soccer)” and now his story is all over Brazilian newspapers and social media. He prepared himself well: he studied Portuguese, researched the country and came here in September 2013 with the mission of besides showing the beautiful side, getting to knowing the poor side of the country that will host the World Cup.
In March 2014, he came to Fortaleza, the most violent city of all the World Cup venus, based on statistics of the United Nations(UN). By knowing the local reality, the journalist was disappointed.
“I discovered that all projects and changes are because of people like me – a foreigner – and part of the international press. I’m a guy being used to impress.”
He discovered corruption, the removal of people, the closure of social projects in the communities. And even made serious accusations. “I talked to some people who put me in contact with street children and learned that some are missing. Often they are killed when they are sleeping at night in an area with many tourists.”
His letter is called “The World Cup – a great illusion prepared for gringos.” and the most impressive part of his letter goes: “In Fortaleza I met Allison, 13, who lives in the city streets. A guy who has a very difficult life. He had nothing – he had one packet of peanuts. When we met he gave me everything he had, ie peanuts. This guy, who had nothing, offered the only thing of value he had to a gringo carrying a camera equipment worth U$D 10,000 and a MasterCard in his pocket. Unbelievable.
But his life is in danger because of people like me. He runs the risk of becoming the next victim of the cleaning that happens right now in Fortaleza.”
Mikkel Jensen and his testimony confirms what we have already published before. Everyone who bought tickets for the World Cup in Brazil has blood on their hands!
To see his pictures and his story, here’s the link to the original article in Danish In Danish.
Update: And the Danish protester got famous in Brazil and already got a Tumblr dedicated to him. All the Brazilian humour at http://protestodinamarques.tumblr.com
Source: Tribuna do Ceará and UOL