A Greek’s Shocking Letter from Brazil: “Base Salary is 234 euros”

brazilA Greek man who lives and works in Belo Horizonte in Brazil–the host country of the upcoming World Cup–wrote a letter about the real life of the country that has nothing to do with what the majority of people have in mind. His letter was published in hellasbrazil.blogspot.gr, an online portal for the Greeks who live in Latin America.

“Dear friends, I’m talking to you, who when thinking of Brazil, imagine beaches, football and endless parties. I’m sorry to ruin your dream, but the party is over. In Brazil, we export but don’t drink coffee. We don’t dance samba outside Rio de Janeiro, in fact we don’t dance much. We even export football players.

We have run out of stereotypes and patience. Last week, protestations started due to a 7 cent increase in transportation tickets. But the main problem is our basic rights. The military police, a remnant of dictatorship, is doling rubber bullets and tear gas generously. People has finally woken up, and demand a better living. Not only the poor but also the rich.

A rich man pays about 1,500 euros for rent, private health insurance and expensive private schools for his children, as the public sector doesn’t function properly. He pays double the price for anything that comes from abroad, because the import tax is 60%. He pays in fear because he can’t escape the “castle” with the electric fence, or go for a walk whenever and wherever he likes.

Almost no one is having a good time here. The base salary is 234 euros, and a bus ticket costs 1 euro. Yes, we have beaches and sun but illiteracy reaches 10% and 13 million people are starving. Corruption and criminality rates are high while indicators for education and public health are low.

Unfortunately, Olympic Games and World Cup, won’t change anything, despite the government’s promises. World Cup has cost more than 27 billion dollars. However most Brazilians can’t afford to buy a ticket.

Right now 200,000 Brazilians are protesting on the streets. They don’t care about the World Cup, they don’t drink coffee and they don’t dance samba.”


6 COMMENTS

  1. Dimitrios Politis
    My friend, who ever wrote all this stupid words. Brasil as the rest of the world has problems. we have poor people and rich people, we have drugs problem and many more…But how can you spread so many bad words about Brasil, when in Greece, people are fighting back against the goverment, people are without jobs, people are suffering, how can you talk about Brasil and still living in Brasil, if you dont like our country go back to Greece…its simple….if in Greece the wages are 700 euros,in Brasil is 700 reals, at the end of the day its the same….if the greeks who earn 700 euros in greece today can live , who ever earn 700 reals in Brasil do the same….and by the way our economy its much better, miles away comparing to the greece economy…mate dont be jealous,,, just goback to your country and try to get a job there….you dont deserve to be in Brasil…..BRASIL IS ONE OF THE BEST COUNTRIES IN THE WORD….WHY DONT YOU TALK ABOUT OMONIA IN GREECE, THE DRUGS AND ABOUT THOSE THAT ARE IN NEED IN GREECE.

  2. Dimitrios Politis
    My friend, who ever wrote all this stupid words. Brasil as the rest of the world has problems. we have poor people and rich people, we have drugs problem and many more…But how can you spread so many bad words about Brasil, when in Greece, people are fighting back against the goverment, people are without jobs, people are suffering, how can you talk about Brasil and still living in Brasil, if you dont like our country go back to Greece…its simple….if in Greece the wages are 700 euros,in Brasil is 700 reals, at the end of the day its the same….if the greeks who earn 700 euros in greece today can live , who ever earn 700 reals in Brasil do the same….and by the way our economy its much better, miles away comparing to the greece economy…mate dont be jealous,,, just goback to your country and try to get a job there….you dont deserve to be in Brasil…..BRASIL IS ONE OF THE BEST COUNTRIES IN THE WORD….WHY DONT YOU TALK ABOUT OMONIA IN GREECE, THE DRUGS AND ABOUT THOSE THAT ARE IN NEED IN GREECE.

  3. δημητρη μπραβο σου ρε μαγκα!ολοσωστα οτι εγραψες,εαν δεν του αρεσει να παει πισω στην ελλαδα να δει την γλυκα.γιατι στο γραμμα γενικευει και μιλαει αοριστος.οκ…καλο το κειμενακι εκανε και το κομματι του στο ιντερνετ….αλλα μεχρι εκει.γιατι δεν λεει για μερη στη νοτια βραζιλια οπως η santa catarina που κοιμουνται δυχως φοβο και τα κλειδια στο τιμονι.δεν λεει για την ευγενια του κοσμου που αν την συγκρινω με την δικια μας …αστο…ειμαστε πολυ πισω.δεν λεει δια το ρεαλ$ το νομισμα τους το οποιο δεν μπορει να συγκριθει με το ευρω.1000 ευρω =1000r$ se αγοραστικη δυναμη.και αλλα πολλα…….

  4. I hold a greek citizenship, my father is greek, so do I. i used to live in greece during 7 years, i lived in London for 15 years, i traveled around the world during 2 year’s. Every where in the world has problems and I never said to people don’t go to Greece or don’t go to UK, even with all problems that you can find in this cities; education problems, national health system problems, housing service, economy and so many more..The euro is worth 3 times more than the real as the pound also. So my intention was to say that either in greece or in Brazil, people whoever earns the minimum wages still live as they can. I can’t just read a open letter with so many bad things about Brazil and say nothing as i would do the same if a brasilian who lives in greece could say so many bad things about Greece. We do have samba, a great football, beautiful women, beautiful beachs, mountains, cities and every state in Brasil its beauty as Greece has the beautiful islands, the music, the food, the history and also beautiful women. So i learned that when we live in a different country we must help to get better where we choose to live and not make it worse……What happened in Brazil about the protest against the rise up of fare buses was just people defending its rights using democracy in the streets and of course always turn up the anarchists to break up everything, but at the end of the day lets understand that every country in the world has its problems, beauty, good and bad things, there is no perfect place to live on earth and the brazilians learned from the greeks how defend their rights in the democracy.

  5. Some people have to learn that word “democracy” is not a synonym for “socialism” or “communism”.

    Defending rights is someone defending their own property. Someone shamelessly demanding money from other people is oppressing someone else’s rights. Everyone has to focus primarily on their own actions and creating their own wealth.

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