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Brazil’s Ultimate Anti-Bush Protest: Eating Banana at McDonald’s

Brazilian students threw banana peels over anti-Bush poster

Brazilian students threw banana peels over anti-Bush poster A little noticed protest against American President George W. Bush during his 22-hour swing through São Paulo, Brazil, in his present tour of Latin America, was staged Friday, March 9, inside a McDonald's restaurant at Avenida Jornalista Roberto Marinho, in São Paulo's south side.

Led by Gustavo Petta, the president of the National Students Union (UNE), a group of about 20 college students shouted slogans against Bush, sang the Brazilian national anthem and ate bananas.

Petta also made a speech mentioning how unhealthy McDonald's food was and tried to convince those inside the restaurant to join their banana eating protest.

Although amused no customer adhered to the protest, according to the G1 site. Frustrated with the reaction, the protesters ended up throwing the banana peels over a poster where Bush appeared with a Hitler mustache and leaving the place. 

Commenting on the demonstration, McDonald's vice-manager, Gisela Jacob, criticized the act: "It was quite foolish. They should have joined the mother of João Hélio instead of finding fault with people who eat here." João Hélio was the six-year-old who was recently dragged and dismembered through the streets of Rio when his mother's car was stolen. 

Still according to G1, Sandra Schmidt, a teacher who was at a table close to the protest with two children, was a little afraid that the demonstration would become violent. Her niece, she said, was scared with the noise.

Said Schmidt, for whom this kind of protest is useless: "I'm partially against such an act because it doesn't lead to anything. On the other hand, that's the only way they have to be heard."

Another customer, Fernanda Nascimento, accused the protesters of making her lose her appetite: "I thought it was a very bad idea. I'm also against Bush, but these guys don't have the courage to protest against our own government."

Earlier, Petta and his friends has participated in another protest just across the street from the Hilton Hotel where the Bushs were staying. At that time they burned a president Bush effigy and wrote in red letters on the asphalt: "Get out." The choice of red they explained was a way to "pay homage to the victims of the Iraq war.

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  • Ric

    Brazil airliner fleet totals
    82 Airbus
    23 ATR
    100 Boeing (incl. 3 DC10 Boeing/Douglas)
    06 Cessna Caravan
    24 Embraer
    34 Fokker
    05 Let

  • ch.c.

    CONTINUED…..
    – dont most Brazilians have a fridge and a freezer, american inventions ?
    – dont most Brazilians administrative workers uses aircons, an american invention ?

    Just imagine 1 full day with nothing of american invention !!!!!!!!! Many things would be missing !!!!!

    S M I L E

  • ch.c.

    To Dana and Forrest !!!!!!
    Quite funny the Brazilian historical description of Dana !
    What about today ?????
    – dont Brazilians eat hamburgers by the billions, not necessarily McDo, but still an american invention ?
    – dont Brazilians watch TV daily, an american discovery ?
    – dont Brazilians uses PC, an american discovery ?
    – dont Brazilians uses Microsoft in their PC ?
    – dont tens of millions Brazilians wear an American Baseball Cap ?
    – dont tens of millions Brazilians wear T-shirts, an american cloth ?
    – dont tens of millions of Brazilians wear Baskets, an american shoe ?
    – dont hundreds of millions of Brazilians have Christmas, started by Coca Cola ??????? smile…but true !!!!!
    – dont tens of millions Brazilian youths and less young still listen to American music through the radio, Ipods, including in discos ?
    – dont tens of millions Brazilians watch American movies ?
    – dont millions and shortly tens of millions Brazilian have Halloween ?
    – dont tens of millions Brazilians uses American drugs ?
    – dont most Brazilians airlines have boeings planes, an american plane ?
    – dont most Brazilians farmers buy American tractors, harvesters, even if built in Brazil ?

    OF COURSE YOU DO !!!!!!!!!

  • ch.c.

    And what about…….
    the lack of sanitation in Brazilian restaurants ?????????

    No doubt that junkies talk and act like junkies, but suffice that 2 policemen look at them and junkies become blemish !!!!!!

    Shameful that NOT ONE street demonstration has been made against Brazil horrible crimes, police killings of innocents citizens, injustice, impunity, corruption, poverty, slavery just to name a few.

    Quite sad that in a country with a population of 185 millions citizens, there has been only 2 demonstrations in Brasilia with 10’000 people to show how really you were against the vote buying scandal in 2005 !!!!!!

    You simply demonstrate that the more muddy your country is, the more you agree despite your disagreement which is only verbal….just for a few days.
    Simple proof : you even reelect the same crooks !!!!!!

    IMPRESSIVE….THE BRAZILIAN IDIOTY AND IMCOMPETENCE AT ALL LEVELS FROM THE CITIZEN TO THE PRESIDENT !!!!!

    Another proof is when Lula said PUBLICLY : impunity will not be tolerated !!!!!!!!!!!! And later impunity…was GENERALIZED….since
    those found guilty by the investigators and by the Ethics Committee of your House, were PARDONED in a secret vote by the other
    Congressmen and Senators…..as much corrupted as those they PARDONED !!!!!!

    It could not be more laughable….in a comic movie for children !!!!! Where one lie is followed by another lie followed again by another lie and so forth !!!!!!!

    Brazil is the mocquery of the World !

  • CH.C.

    What else than Bananas, Rice and Feijafos can Brazilians eat……
    …in a BANANA REPUBLIC ?????????

    It is their Brazilian National Meal…..day after day….. after day …..after day, for well over 50 % of their citizens anyway !!!!!!!

  • someone

    [quote]Go USA!
    written by Robot, 2007-03-12 06:43:05

    “The grass grows in the feild and the cow’s eat all the Grass and I eat all the cows so I can have a big white ass!-Attention Wallmart shoppers theres a sale in isle 5 so get spastic with your plastic!Ain’t it great to be alive!?-GO USA! At the all you can eat buffet!
    Wookie Foot
    I think it’s great! Haven’t ate McDonalds in over 10 years! I feel great! One LOVE! [/quote]

    Funny you say that considering all you said above is also done in Brazil.

    I agree with you on Mcdonalds though. Haven’t eaten it in almost 3 years and couldn’t feel better. 🙂

  • Ric

    Eating Bananas at McDonalds.
    How creative. Cada macaco em seu galho.

  • bo

    [quote]written by Dana, 2007-03-11 20:07:05

    This comment was a bit embarrasing Allen. I’ve heard ppl were arrested in NY protesting against iraq war. Anyway, when Americans say: Brazilians put all the blames in dictatorship, and we all know USA’s partipatipation in it, the fact is we, 30 years later, still pick the results from those times. Violent forms from police against protest and civil resistance, among other consequences, is classic, if you didn’t know that.
    [/quote]

    Oh Dana, people don’t get arrested for simply “protesting” in the U.S. Anyone and everyone is allowed to peacefully protest anything. The U.S. is not brazil. And you should really [b]go[/b] to the U.S. and experience it for yourself, insteading of making posts on what you “hear”.

  • Robot

    Go USA!
    “The grass grows in the feild and the cow’s eat all the Grass and I eat all the cows so I can have a big white ass!-Attention Wallmart shoppers theres a sale in isle 5 so get spastic with your plastic!Ain’t it great to be alive!?-GO USA! At the all you can eat buffet!
    Wookie Foot
    I think it’s great! Haven’t ate McDonalds in over 10 years! I feel great! One LOVE!

  • Forrest Allen Brown

    Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.
    how about the band black panties .
    live TV shoows that spend more time on the womens bundas than the singer face
    the last world cup secheduale with the nude woman on every page .
    book binders for school kids with nudes on them .
    and you must watch the movies , did you pay full price or did you buy it of the street for 2 reals

    it is very hard to be a citisen of the united states try to explain your countrys dealings to some one whom only has had what there goverment has taught them to beleive
    most people in the united startes dont care about what other countries think about us , they lack the experience of travel to know

    i spen time in cuba , and in china and was ask many times why does the USA hate us , my reply was the goverments dont like one another its not the people .
    look at the billions of dollars the peole of the USA give out to other countries , is that hate ????

    bushes little war as many people call it is a war for the survival for the christan religon , look at the muslum teaching there children to hate all non believers do you know how hard it is to change a belief ???
    and if they can hit the USA and england , spain , france than they could walk all over south america in a few day as most of the countries are non belivers to them .

    as far as a monopolized country look around brasil see who owns all of the beer compaines , steel , TV stations , see how price is set in the states you have a wholesale price for stores but in brasil they pay the same as the people , the compaines keep all the money with very little going to the working class .

    Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so

  • Dana

    I meant the music industry, monopolized by Sony BMG, EMI, Warner and not phonography. Amazingly enough, after the 70s’ all kind of American industry showed up and grew in Brazil, with its market all open to the American products. We had to pay our international debts and could not really invest or have credit enough to open all kinds of industries.

    Brazilian TV shows American movies, a tradition inherited from the dictatorship times, like American Pie and other junk. Is that what you mean with soft-porn?

  • Forrest Allen Brown

    The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern.
    my wife is from Juazeiro and she i a very avid reader .
    even goes to school and trys to teach class when the paid teachers are on strike .
    she knows the history of portgual & brasil along with the help , England and the USA has given booth countries in the past

    and as far a brasilian TV you are right just a bunch of soft porn and stupid TV tricks.
    brasil would have soo much to offer the world when it grows out of the me stage in life

    trying to get a brasilian political figure placed in jail in the north is like geting a brasilian to admit they are rong
    look how many people were placed in jail before the last elections , what happend
    most were forgiven by congress and set free some the proff was lost or stolen and then let go
    back to the norm .

    it would take a very large mass of women getting togeather to elect a woman to be the leader of brasil and then take another mass to make sure she is not taken in by
    all the money that would be spent in trying to buy her off
    if you can amass that bunch of women you would have the support of just about every mother in brasil .

    and the help of the chillian leader also

  • Dana

    non English speaking born

  • Dana

    [quote]my spelling is well i dont care, you can read it cant you , look back to yours i can see several places you faild [/quote]

    I find my spelling good, my stronger point as a non-English born. 🙂

  • Dana

    [quote]dont blame the people for not reading blame the your goverment for not willing to keep from stealing all the money from the schools [/quote]

    Why do you say that? Does your wife vote for the same old thieves politcs? Anyways, it wouln’t hurt people opening a book for a change not because the schools demands it. But people are, lots of the times, blinded by the corporativism from the media, that runs the same old soap operas, just changing actor cast, phonography industry that monopolizes the market and distributes the same low quality products (yes Brazil has it share of bad quality music). Ask any Brazilian who does not read, Mr. Allen, if they kow that Angolans speak portuguese, if they ever read a novel by an Angolan writer or if they ever hear on the radio Portuguese fados or if they have opened a book about the classic culture of Portugal? Criticsm and self-thinking was completely taken away in the dictatorship times and mass, junkie mass education is prevalecent in Brazil.

    Oh, don’t start all over again, things get old you know? Slaves are illegally entered in US, besides the immigrants, the children that are made slaves originated from US and outside it. Slave work is ILEGAL in Brazil. Hypothetically, If your wife’s congressman is the owner of a fazenda (farm) with slave workers, he can be put in jail.

    You are putting words on my mouth, never said US is full of hatred. Take E-harmony for example he is the perfect example of a non-prejudiced US citizen.

    guess the old retired us man should show some respect for Brazil, he got what an old fart deserve acting like a kid. Sorry it is said you have to be fair, no matter age income ethnic or nationality.

  • Forrest Allen Brown

    history Dana
    like all brasilians always say we have been doing it thay way for a 100 years , that is why brasil is still they way it is .
    dont blame the people for not reading blame the your goverment for not willing to keep from stealing all the money from the schools

    the US has gone through many changes , the brasilians have just changed there money
    we were a big buyer of slaves over 100 years ago , brasil still has slaves
    but in this site we are still called slavers , yet look as back far as last months news you find slaves working for brasilians
    you claim the US is full of BIGORTY , it has some but not near as much as brasil does towards every one that speaks out on any subject
    in fact you can say just about any thing you want to in the USA while in brasil , there is a law saying you can not say things bad about the goverment or the country of brasil without being fined
    you read in 2006 when the gov of brasil fined a polit from the US $28.000 dollars for the finger picture ?
    in all my postings i have been told several times that it was illegal for me to say what i was saying .

    my spelling is well i dont care, you can read it cant you , look back to yours i can see several places you faild

  • Dana

    Allen
    [quote]the USA does not show any BIGOTRY to illegal immigrants they protest in the streets and dont get placed in jail , or shot with rubber bullets most have more rights in the USA than they do in there own countries and they are there illegal [/quote]

    This comment was a bit embarrasing Allen. I’ve heard ppl were arrested in NY protesting against iraq war. Anyway, when Americans say: Brazilians put all the blames in dictatorship, and we all know USA’s partipatipation in it, the fact is we, 30 years later, still pick the results from those times. Violent forms from police against protest and civil resistance, among other consequences, is classic, if you didn’t know that.

  • Dana

    Allen
    Why is your spelling so bad?

  • Dana

    The current UNE got well-known by knowlegeable citizens when it was disclosed they were receiving from Lula’s government huuuge funds to their organization. Since Lula’s government they’ve been accused of being sell-outs, never entering the discussion of Lula participation in the Valerioduto and mensalÀƒ£o as the prime head of this gang formed by the PT’s government. UNE instead chose to defend Lula from the suspitions. Within another polemic matter as the universtiy reformulation, they are accused of not joining the defense of university public students (the govet intent is to finish with all public non payable universities in Brazil). All UNE opens their month for is to defend the landless movement, which is under irregularities, and in favor of Lulas govt. UNE has no credit with informed people within Brazil. Also we won’t expect a Mac Donald’s manager in Brazil to be well informed, will we? People who read on permanent basis in Brazil is a minority (note to E harmony: on the other hand oral culture is very stronger among those who are less inclined to read). Education was rotten and the thieves take advantage from it. Mr. Lulla , we are all keen to see by your back in 2010. May it come asp.

  • bo

    This is truly hilarious when you think about it. Just imagine, Abe and his buddies, carrying their Bush with hitler ‘stache, “A amazona À‚´e nossa” signs, and bananas in their pockets!!

    Protesting to their own people, eating lunch! And everyone just looking at them as if they’re crazy, not giving a shit whatsoever about their protest. I truly hope these kids just did this for a laugh, because it they were serious, it’s embarrassing. 😉 😀

  • bo

    [quote]Another customer, Fernanda Nascimento, accused the protesters of making her lose her appetite: “I thought it was a very bad idea. I’m also against Bush, [b]but these guys don’t have the courage to protest against our own government.”[/quote][/b]

    And that says it all.

  • Forrest Allen Brown

    bananas
    so if they were to protest brasil and LULA they would have to eat trash

    let see how many of them were back in McD the next day talking big on then matter

    what color pays homage to the brasilians killed and not in a war just trying to live in a country that is asking bush for money for schools , food , not a hand up but a hand out .

    did someone get the names of the 20 students i would like to send them to the embassy to make sure they can never get a vise to the USA

    the USA does not show any BIGOTRY to illegal immigrants they protest in the streets and dont get placed in jail , or shot with rubber bullets most have more rights in the USA than they do in there own countries and they are there illegal

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