By Deb A.
Somewhere deep in the Amazon rainforest lurks a hulking white elephant.
Once the newly built stadium in Manaus has fulfilled its purpose of hosting four World Cup football matches, it will inevitably be more of a burden than a blessing, with a seating capacity over 40 times the usual 1000 fans who show up to the local team's matches. It cost nearly $300 million. A much-needed overhaul of Manaus's public transport system was originally part of the package, but never materialised.
The stadium is a striking symbol of the tensions surrounding the record $11 billion price tag of the 2014 World Cup, government corruption, and the country's underfinanced social services – tensions that for the past year have been bringing Brazilians out onto the street armed with placards, indignation, a newly found voice... and cans upon cans of spray paint.
For many, the colours of Brazil are now no longer the yellow, green and blue of its flag, nor the glittering rainbow spectrum of its legendary carnival celebrations. Instead, Brazil's true colours are increasingly being found on the streets.
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