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Brazilian fighters speak out on national protests

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04:33 PM ET 06.24 | With Brazilians all over their country protesting about government incompetence, corruption and misplaced priorities, Brazilian MMA fighters have begun publicly weighing in with their opinions of the protests. "In the first place, I think it's great that the gatherings have occurred. Brazilians are finally learning to assert their rights. Only with public pressure can we change our society. From now on, I believe we need to start focusing on deeper targets. For example: questioning the perks of politicians -- early retirement, more vacations than the rest of the population, money for clothes... As for the spending on the World Cup, a great protest would be to not even go to watch the games," Demian Maia said. "We did our part to support the protest against the abuse of the increase bus fares, and this is reflected in everything: food, gasoline and so on. But, unfortunately, many people are directionless and unfocused, lots and lots of drunk people thinking they were in a party, taking the brightness of the protest. But congratulations to all going for peace and for a better Brazil. The Nova Uniao family is firm and strong in this making of history. Ooossssss," added Marlon Sandro. UFC middleweight contender Renaldo Souza added, "This violence that is happening is a shame for us, but I think that the movement cannot retreat. We have to move on!! Brazil needs political reform, changes in all systems!!"

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, Esther Lin, Showtime Esther Lin, Showtime
 
June 24, 2013  05:07 PM ET

Same thing going on in Brazil goes on in this country.. nothing going to change unless people vote the career politicians out of office

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