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Brazil's graffiti artists protest World Cup

Monday, June 02, 2014 - 01:30

Street artists in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo let their paint do the talking as they speak out about the rights and responsibilities of performing art as a form of demonstration. Tara Cleary reports.

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++PLEASE NOTE: STORY INCLUDES AN IMAGE DEPICTING PROFANITY++ Brazilian graffiti artist, Roma, is known for his political paintings on the streets of Rio de Janeiro. His latest works are a protest against FIFA and the 2014 World Soccer Cup. The sprayed images strongly criticize the soccer organization and the Brazilian government. SOUNDBITE: Roma, saying (Portuguese): "Like verses of poetry, these paintings are meant to create an impact on the population, to communicate the essence of what is happening, that 30 billion has been spent, whilst we have schools and hospitals which need attending to, public health services, a series of problems which nobody knows about." One of his murals shows the FIFA mascot, an armadillo, with money stuffed into its belt. Another suggests Brazilians are like feeble clowns. In February, Rio's mayor decriminalized graffiti and yet Roma says since then, several of his works have been removed by authorities, raising censorship concerns. SOUNDBITE: Roma, saying (Portuguese): "The war is not against the graffiti artists, it is against the act of demonstrating. So what is considered crime? What is permitted and what isn't? This is very clear when you see graffiti which carries some form of denunciation being cleaned up." Graffiti artists in Sao Paulo are also protesting the World Cup and the country's security has been reinforced ahead of the tournament, which starts on June 12th.

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Brazil's graffiti artists protest World Cup

Monday, June 02, 2014 - 01:30