Brazilians: What we think of the protests

Brazilians cite corruption and lousy government services as key reasons that more than 1 million citizens are protesting.

Jaciara Silva, 34, teacher

brazilian protester jaciara silva

Things here in Brazil are complicated. We always wanted something to happen in this country, but now something is happening and we are not prepared for it. "The giant is awake" is what they say. But it has no leader and it is politically ignorant.

I went to the protest last Thursday in Joinville, Santa Catarina, and it seemed to be meaningless. The protesters are asking for all sorts of things and don't know what they mean.

Without an education to discern and make an opinion, the Brazilian people are the big joke of the moment.

But at least people are on streets and learning about politics. That's really good!

These interviews have been edited for content and clarity.
- Last updated June 24 2013 05:10 PM ET

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