Travel without turnstiles

It may surprise you to know that the  public transport buses in Brazil each have a turnstile and a very narrow one at that. (Based on personal experience).

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Another surprise might be to learn how the mass  protests got started. Look no further than the  strapline which is one of the  slogans of  the Free Fare Movement a small group that campaigns  for free public transport,  which incidentally already occurs in some cities across the world including a smattering in the UK. The group of young  activists have admitted to being more than a little surprised themselves at the outpouring of frustration and dissatisfaction, with the government,  that their protest over  a public transport hike  sparked across Brazil.
The next surprise was that  within a couple of weeks the group had the  ear of the President and the people had the promise of a referendum on political reform.

Lets hope that this is a watershed and Brazil and its people have begun to change the endemic culture of corruption.

Eraldo Peres/Associated Press President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil, right, on Monday met with representatives of the Free Fare Movement, the group that ignited the protests.

Eraldo Peres/Associated Press
President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil, right, on Monday met with representatives of the Free Fare Movement, the group that ignited the protests.

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2 thoughts on “Travel without turnstiles

  1. Very fond and mixed memories of our many public transport sojourns and battles with the turnstiles whilst balancing our various items of luggage and shopping – at least we didn’t have numerous small children and babies to manage as many of the locals had. Cheap (or free) public transport (like clean water) has to be a basic right for any aspiring developing country – ? ? How much is return bus fare from Longridge to Preston – I think I’ll use the car ! !

  2. These young people have started the ball rolling with transport costs – I hope that the President takes note of people power!!

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